How to Knit I-Cord Edging

How to Knit: I-Cord Edging | Easy Knitting Tutorial for a Built-In I-Cord Edge

This quick knitting lesson shows you how to create a 3-stitch I-cord on the selvedges of your projects. An I-cord is basically a very narrow tube, so it makes a chunky and stable edging technique.

It is suitable for beginners to try, and all you have to do to add it to an existing pattern is to cast an extra 6 stitches onto the needles when you begin the project. So those 6 stitches (3 either side) become the I-cord edge stitches, and in the centre of those you just follow your normal pattern.

You can have any type of stitch in between the I-cord edges, but just bear in mind that the I-cord won't be as obvious either side of stockinette stitch because the I-cord itself is also made up of stockinette stitches - so it blends in a bit more. Also note that I-cord doesn't have much stretch. I hope this video is helpful to you, and thanks very much for watching!

If you don't know the difference between circular and flat knitting, I'll just give a little overview first - but I'll also be doing a more in-depth lesson soon.

Even though circular knitting needles are used in both of these examples, only the knitting on the right is circular knitting, whilst the knitting on the left is flat knitting. You can tell because the circular knitting always forms a circle or tube, so there is no separation between the ends of the rows.

Examples of a flat knitting chart (on the left) and a circular knitting chart (on the right):

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