There is a very simple way to add a beautiful i-cord to the side edges of any project. I learned this method from Tom Michels who kindly shared this technique with me in a comment to one of my video tutorials.
We’ve already discussed a few ways to make i-cord selvedges. One of those ways is described as “way #5” in a tutorial called “Five Ways to Make Neat Side Edges”. Another method is called “slim i-cord edging”. You can read about it when you follow this link.
Tom’s version of i-cord selvedges is much easier than any of those techniques. It is by far the easiest way to treat a side edge with a knit-as-you-go i-cord that I’ve ever tried. And I’m more than happy to share this amazingly simple method with all of you, my friends.
This edging is worked over three stitches. If you plan to add it to both sides of your project (for example, a scarf or a blanket), add 6 stitches to the number of stitches you cast on.
Then work the same three steps in every row.
Watch these steps demonstrated in a video tutorial below.
This type of selvedges works great with any stitch pattern, but it looks best next to textured stitches like garter stitch or seed stitch. Because we don’t tighten the yarn after knitting the first stitch, the i-cord is long enough to comfortably frame any stitch pattern.
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If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:
“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.
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