Deep Thoughts on Applied I-Cord

By Kay Gardiner
June 25, 2020

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  • I’m a couple of days away from my applied i-cordon my Pickett Fences afghan and I’ve thinking about how to go about it. I’m with you, Kay, picking up one at a time is the way to go for me!

    • Like your method. Ques: are you knitting the last two stitches TBL each time, not just the final two before binding off? Thanks

      • Yes, for every “round” of i-cord, I knit the last 2 stitches through the back loops.

  • I did the applied I-cord another way. The largest circular I had in the needle size was 60”. I picked up as many stitches as I was comfortable on that and put a cap on the needle on the last one of the picked up side. Then went to the beginning of the pick ups and began the I-cord with a shorter needle. After a while, went to the capped end and picked up more stitches. This went on for a bit until all were picked up and then just completed. Worked ok.

    • That’s what I do too. I like that method because it lets me switch what I’m doing with my hands periodically, which my old battered fingers always appreciate!

    • This is genius! And it solves my issue about the bind-offs for the buttonholes!

    • I’m doing this also to alternate the repetitive hand movements and give my finger joints a rest!

    • Seems like this would also take care of the ratio issue, which might be harder to remember if you were picking up just one stitch at a time. “One, two, three, skip” or whatever…

  • I thought you were going to say that you could more easily make the buttonholes with an applied iCord since you can just skip picking up the edge stitches each time you want button hole.

    • Yes, that’s the basic method, but Carol adds the elegant touch of binding off the stitches on the edge that form the inside of the buttonhole. It’s not necessary, for sure, but I like the finesse of it.

  • There are times, and the Trellis Top may be one of them, where I like a loop of I-cord for a buttonhole. I knit 6 or 8 rows of plain I-cord and pick up applying from the same stitch as I left off. The number of rows depends on the size of the button I’ll be using. I, too, like the ssk join better. Thanks!

  • I do love an i-cord edging, with or without the buttonholes. There’s something magic about the way that lovely neat rounded edge appears.

    • So satisfying, every time.

  • My favorite part of knitting is that there’s always more than one right way to do anything. Sometimes I can even apply that to regular life, and then I’m much happier.

  • I pick up about 10 on a small dpn, then move on down. Seems much more manageable to me than all at once.

    • YES! I’m going to do it this way, so I can do Carol’s neat bind-off at the edge under each buttonhole. Thank you!

  • This is so timely! I just finished attaching the neckband to the “St. Brigid” sweater (you know why I had to knit this!) by Alice Starmore, and I want to put an i-cord edging on it. I’ve done it before, but I’ve forgotten the process.

  • I’ve only applied I-cord once and I did it the same way you’re describing, pickup & knit then k2tog tbl. I didn’t know there’s another way! And I agree, apply I-cord to EVERYTHING;)

  • Sorry, nothing to do with I-cord, — but have you moved the “button” to save articles to one’s account somewhere else? I can’t find it. Thanks

    • I had this problem too, so I logged into my account and the save button showed up. Maybe try that and see if it works.

  • I picked up all the stitches at once so I could finally use that cable connector gizmo. It’s a lot of stitches. I made a slight modification approximately 2-3 inches before and after the shoulders by picking up only 2 stitches (instead of 3), then skipping one. I think this helped to avoid the dreaded ‘Monkeys from the Wizard of Oz’ shoulders.