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  • As one who asked the question, thank you, thank you, thank you! I love it! Now to study it, ponder, it, do it.
    It’s gawjuss! And I love your macro photo, very helpful.

  • That’s a elegant baby jacket. Is it denim cotton?

  • Very nice! I appreciate learning a new trick πŸ˜‰

  • I am marking this one as educational. I know you’re on the Ravelry so you know what I mean.

  • Here’s how I do it: when I have one more st left on edge A, before working it, I do one complete round on the i-cord. Then I work the i-cord with the last st, as usual. Then another extra round at the corner. Work the first st of the new edge, as usual. Then one more extra round before continuing with the second st. If that creates holes, I am unable to find them. Works like a charm and has exactly the amount of ease needed to make it around the corner.

  • I cringe at the thought of i-cord when it’s NOT attached! I don’t want to think about the day I need to APPLY one. Much less, the day that I must apply one that needs to turn corners! Thanks for clearing up how to do it for that fateful day… On the other hand, there is no way to improve at i-cords or overcome my fear of applying one if don’t practice!

  • I’ve never tried applied i-cord, since I always thought it looked like a lot of tedious work and figured I could accomplish more or less the same effect with a crochet edging (I actually like crochet, which I realize makes me a bit odd). But after hearing you rave about it, I might just have to give it a shot.

  • i love i-cord love! And your jacket is super sweet! Thanks for the demo. I have always just done a couple rows of unattached i-cord to turn corners. You right, this is waaay better! –Jill P.

  • Thanks for the tip! I love the clean, finished look of A-IC. I really loved doing my BSJ, too. So much so that I have become a garter stitch junkie and plan to make a S. Jacket for myself. Have just finished a garter stitch vest and I love it. Rock, er, Knit on!
    Love your blog and book.

  • Naughty i-cord monkeys! HA! Craig Ferguson is my TV husband!
    Thanks for the great tutorial. I have less fear about trying my my hand at this technique now. πŸ™‚

  • Ooooo, thanks! I figured it was something like that, but I hadn’t tried it yet. I did something similar with an applied garter stitch edging on a log cabin…. short rows rules!

  • Excellent tutorial, that all made perfect sense until we got to the part about the other uses…an extra not attached i-cord?

  • I can now see why applied i-cord is so addictive. Sometimes, seeing the inherent coolness of a technique requires seeing a close-up. Sometimes it takes slo-mo. Wine helps, too.
    Thanks for sharing, and also for getting me thinking about a BSJ again. I still haven’t stepped up to the plate on that one, but I’ve got a key component: great-nephew born yesterday πŸ™‚

  • seriously? this is such a cute handknit, my teeth hurt! :o) and i must echo a previous commenter, is this the infamous DENIM???
    heehee! elaine.

  • I see. You basically build some extra i-cord out there hanging loose then attach. This is a knitter’s version of easing bias tape around corners of sewn edges. Simple. Elegant.

  • I read the title of today’s post about three times before I got it. My mind is so in the gutter.

  • Yes! (I’m staying away from that yea-yay thing:)
    I felt the same way when I first finished a sweater with applied i-cord. In fact, I just took a break from the cuffs of my latest sweater, which is causing me no end of grief over its hemmed edges. How I wish I had just skipped the hems–I could be applying i-cord all over it right now!

  • You are sooooo intuitive. This is the basically the sum and substance that Meg Swansen and EZ discuss in all their various books. Exactly. Well done!

  • Now I’m the last kid to knit the BSJ. I keep wanting to. I have yarn. I have needles. I have the pattern! I love your icord edging!

  • That cornering information is brilliant. I once I-corded my way around an entire Tomten jacket. It was a chore, but looked cool. That was quite a while ago, so thanks for the refresher – I will be I-cording aroung the neck and armholes of a vest soon and your tutorial will come in handy.

  • I spy denim yard! Never having done applied I-cord, I was intrigued by your tutorial. Now I know where to look when the day eventually comes to do it, say, when I finish the BSJ currently in time-out b/c the recipient wasn’t getting pregnant fast enough.

  • Okay, here’s another question. How did you do the sleeves? There’s a BSJ in my near future, to be knit with the yarn left over from doing the baby log cabin (not yet started, but hey, I just got the yarn today!). I’ve already been thinking about finishing the blankie with applied I-cord, and your BSJ sweater looks so cool, why not do it there, too? (Both are for the same baby, 13 days old today.) So please tell me how you did the I-cord at the end of the sleeve?
    Thanks!

  • Oh M’Gosh–more applied I-cord! My hands are shaking, I’m getting a little weak in the knees; and, I see a bright light at the end of the tunnel…It’s an experience like no other!
    Goom-by-ya, m’Lord, goom-by-ya!
    Bless you, Kay.
    LoveDiane

  • “Applied I-cord is the new dishrag.” But hey — you can apply I-cord to a dishrag, and just have your cake and eat it too!
    (I did it with a linen washcloth gift this past Christmas, to stabilize the edge and give it some body, it were fun. And had corners too.)

  • Is that a Craig Ferguson reference, naughty monkey?

  • What about starting and finishing the applied i-cord when working in the round? I just used applied i-cord to finish the neck of a sweater done in shaker knitting and it looks great–except for the point at which I cast on and cast off the i-cord. I used a provisional cast on, and once I’d worked the i-cord around the neck, I pulled the tail-end through the last row of stitches to secure them, and then undid the provisional cast on and did the same. Then I tidied it up when weaving in the ends. It’s probably only noticeable to a knitter’s eye, but if there’s a better way…?

  • I’ve never I-corded, but I do love that jacket. Reminds me a bit of Sally Melville’s Baby Einstein, which is my favorite cotton baby knit, but I might just have to try this one.

  • Sorry, I think that I mispelled the lyrics.
    Here is a revised version of that old knitting spiritual:
    Kum ba yah, I-cord, Kum ba yah…
    Someone’s knitting I-cord, Kum ba yah!
    (Knit me tightly into your prayers, I may be coming unraveled…..)
    LoveDiane

  • On Kathryn’s question about joining two ends of I-cord. I think the provisional cast-on was the right start, but at the end, I’d open up the cast-on edge so both ends were live and graft (Kitchener stitch) the two ends together. That will give you a nearly invisible connection.

  • Thank you! And your work is lovely. I am so glad to know this because I do a lot of test-knitting and I WILL run into this eventually. My first impulse was to think what would be done in crochet: work a couple of chains to get around the corner. So I’m pleased– that’s pretty close, isn’t it?
    Looking forward to your next book!

  • You have inspired me to do an applied icord edging around the Baby Moderne blanket that should be finished any second now….
    Amy

  • And there’s an unfinished BSJ in my stash; all knitted but the finishing isn’t done. Time to experiment! It’s been waiting for this moment for, um, about five years…

  • That’s the most beautiful baby surprise jacket I’ve seen. Really. I love it!

  • Thank You Thank You. I needed a border for my stepsons blanket and I really did not want to just knit a border on and then I read this post and Yes!! It looks great and I just wanted to say thank you from saving my sanity. =)
    Thank You Again
    =)

  • Thank You Thank You. I needed a border for my stepsons blanket and I really did not want to just knit a border on and then I read this post and Yes!! It looks great and I just wanted to say thank you from saving my sanity. =)
    Thank You Again
    =)

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