I Believe In Applied I-Cord (and Eli Manning)
February 3, 2008
I do not know how I lived, and knit, this long without embracing applied i-cord. Applied i-cord has it going ON. It’s a RUSH.
Applied I-Cord: How I Roll
To work an applied i-cord edging of 4 stitches, using 2 straight needles:
Cast on 4 stitches and place this needle in your right hand. Pick up one stitch in the edge to which you are applying the i-cord and place it on the left needle, *slip the 4 stitches onto the left needle, k3, knit the 4th stitch together with the picked-up stitch, pick up another stitch from the edge and place it on the left needle; repeat from * until the edging is complete.
You can also apply i-cord to live stitches. Instead of picking up the stitches one by one, you could pick up and knit a bunch of stitches along the edge of the blanket, and apply the i-cord to these stitches, one at a time. If you are planning to work applied i-cord on the cast-on edge of a sleeve or sweater, use a provisional cast-on that you can unravel later to give you live stitches. Live stitches are smoother and more even than picked up stitches.
The biggest challenge in working the edging on this blanket was picking up stitches in a visually consistent way. The gauge of the squares varied, and since the edge stitches often were the result of a K2tog, they could be devilishly tight little nubbins. But I’m a tough old bird. I kept at it, and I like it just fine. Sometimes I had to put my eyes so close to the stitch that I could feel the fuzz of the wool. (This was Mostly Unattractive.)
Important note to anyone (like you, Ann) who is planning on making a patchwork blanket of bias-knit garter-stitch squares: You will save yourself a ton of grief at the i-cord stage if you slip the first stitch of every row, and then work your increase or decrease to start the row. One knitter did that on her squares, and picking up the stitches on these squares was LIKE BUTTAH.
So. Oliver’s American Blanket is ready to be raffled. The stalwart Michaela is running these raffles, and she is going to let us know the Day of Destiny. If you want a chance at owning what is quite possibly the longest continuous length of applied i-cord in North America, go to PayPal.com and send a payment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each ticket costs $2.00 US or 1 British pound. Your payment automatically enters you for the appropriate number of chances. All proceeds go to a fund for the purchase of a wheelchair for our 9-year-old friend Oliver, which you can read about on Emma & Co..
Meanwhile, I’m going to try to take some decent pictures of the thing. I’m quite fond of it. The 2 borders, especially. I may have to get up on a ladder to get a shot that shows the grand plan of the borders. It’s kinda like the gardens of Versailles, or a football field. You need to stand at the top of the stairs to get the full effect.
PS Since leaving Nebraska, where the people wear red on Saturdays just to go the the grocery store, I have fallen away from the Church of Football. I am innocent of all knowledge of the NFL, to the point that a taxi driver on the way to the Newark airport had to give my son the news that the Giants and the Jets play in the same stadium. But every year, I go to a fambly Super Bowl party in the Bronx, where we watch the commercials and a fairly boring, incredibly aggrandized game. But this year, I gathered from all the shouting, it was kind of exciting. As for me, I was mesmerized by those yellow (first down) and blue (line of scrimmage) lines infra-imposed on the field. How do they DO that? It’s so cool to be able to see instantly whether they made the first down! I’m dazzled. (If they’ve been doing this for a long time, there is no need to tell me this in a snotty way.)