Simple Way to Make Beautiful Side Edges

Simple Way to Make Beautiful Side Edges

When we want to make the side edges of our project nice and tidy, it is almost always a good idea to make i-cord selvedges. We discussed this technique as the way #5 in the tutorial about ways to make neat side edges.

Side edges formed by this simple method are uniform. They look good on both sides of the work and do not stretch too much. But, they might look somewhat bulky on projects that do not require additional decoration in the form of an i-cord.

I faced this problem when I was knitting a jacket for my mom a couple of months ago. The front panel was worked in a gorgeous stitch pattern that I found in the book of “250 Japanese Knitting Stitches” by Hitomi Shida. The regular i-cord edging looked too heavy next to the intricate patterning of lovely twisted cables, and that heaviness made the pattern itself seem less elegant.

As I was looking for a better way to make side edges that will be delicate and will look good on both sides (the jacket doesn’t have a closure), I came up with a method that I called a “slim i-cord edging”.

Simple Way to Make Beautiful Side Edges

It is a variation of the regular i-cord edging that is thinner and more delicate. It will look great on scarves, blankets, cardigans and any other projects with open side edges.

As you see in the photo below, this edging looks equally good next to various stitch patterns.

Simple Way to Make Beautiful Side Edges

I especially like how these selvedges look on a fabric made in ribbing. I picked this method to finish the sleeves of the Everyday Tee and I’m very happy with the result.

Now, that we know how helpful this little technique is, let’s see how we can make slim i-cord edges step by step.

If you find it difficult to remember what to do when, keep in mind that in a right side row we knit the first and last stitches and slip the stitches next to them. In a wrong side row, we slip the first and last stitches and purl the stitches next to them. That’s how simple it is!


The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #4. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (351 pages!) with this and 47 other tutorials included in the collection.

You will also receive one e-book and two knitting patterns as a special bonus, so go ahead and get it all right now before you forget 😊


If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:

“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book

Discover six pairs of cast on and bind off methods that form identical edges on projects worked flat and in the round.

“Neat Side Edges” Book

Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.


Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko - www.10rowsaday.com

Simple Way to Make Beautiful Side Edges | 10 rows a day
Simple Way to Make Beautiful Side Edges | 10 rows a day
Simple Way to Make Beautiful Side Edges | 10 rows a day