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Knitting Tutorial: Applied I-Cord Edging

I-cord edgings are a fabulous choice for finishing up the edges of your knits and are as pretty as they are functional. Whether you want to hide a sloppy selvage edge, ensure flexibility, flatten some natural rolling or add a pop of color, I-cord is a great way to go.

Some notes before starting:
  1. You can change the number of stitches in I-cord. Try casting on four to six stitches for something a little chunkier. I don't recommend less than three stitches for an edging.
  2. Feel free to use a provisional cast-on, especially if you want to attach the ends together (you would just Kitchener stitch when finished).
  3. You will need a pair of double-point needles to work.
  4. When picking up stitches along the selvage edge or cast-on/bind-off edges, work as you normally would for picking up stitches.

So, let's get started

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Step 1: Cast on three stitches. Push to the right end of the needle without turning (very important not to turn the work here).
Step 2: Pull your working yarn (which is sitting off the last stitch on the left) across the back and knit the first two stitches. One stitch remains.
Step 3: Slip that last stitch purlwise onto the right-hand needle.
Step 4: Not really a step, but you can see how the last stitch remains unworked.

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Step 5: Pull the working yarn, from underneath, around the top of the needle and back to the back. Yup, you guessed it; it's like a yarn over. It looks like you have four stitches on the needle now.
Step 6: Insert your needle into the selvage edge of your knitting piece, ensuring that your yarn is at the back and the yarn over is in place.
Step 7: Keeping the yarn over in place, wrap the working yarn around your needle as if to knit and ...
Step 8: Pull the loop through to the other side onto the needle (i.e. picking up and knitting). Now, you have five stitches on the right-hand needle.

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Step 9: Slip the yarn over stitch up and over the new stitch, right off the needle.
Step 10: Slip the slipped stitch up and over the new stitch, right off the needle. You are now back to your original cast-on number of stitches.
Step 11: Push your stitches back to the right end of the needle, without turning the work.
Repeat Steps 2 through 11 until you have worked your I-cord all the way around!

Applied I-cord can be a little fiddly, but the results are completely worth it, don't you think?

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