Built-in I-cord Edges - A challenge

Recently a hand knitting friend learned a new technique called built-in I cord edges. She said to me ... "Bet you can't do that your machine" (good-naturedly).

HA! I immediately sat down and proved her wrong. This technique adds a 3 stitch i-cord edge to your knitting as you knit. It is not applied after the piece is finished. You can combine this method with any stitch pattern for a pretty, stretchy, finished edge.

Whether by hand or machine, when you knit i-cord, you slip stitches every other row. This forces the knitting to curl to one side. A few stitches create cord. Slipping a few stitches on the edge(s) of a larger piece creates a folded edge and a lovely finish.
This technique doesn't necessarily "tame the curl" of plain stockinette, but it does provide a nice, easy finish for scarves, shawls or any edge that won't be seamed.

The challenge:

  • How would you knit built-in i-cord on your machine?
  • What settings would you use?
  • What position should your needles be in?

UPDATE: Check out our suggestions for creating this edge.

Posted by Sue Jalowiec on 02/10/2015 at 5:48 PM | Categories: Inspiration for machine knitters - Stitch Techniques -


Pat Vermillion

Pat Vermillion wrote on 02/10/15 10:06 PM

Sounds very interesting. I do knit a lot of scarfs this sounds like a nice edging.
Roz Porter

Roz Porter wrote on 02/11/15 7:11 AM

Hummm, I'm presently knitting Jan Burch's woven placemats, am going to try this, this morning. Would make the knitting go just a little faster.
Ann Poprdan

Ann Poprdan wrote on 02/11/15 7:41 AM

Off the top of my head while reading this:- Set the carriage to HP and pull the desired number of needles out to HP on alternate rows. You could also use the patterning system to slip those stitches on alternate rows. There are probably more ways but I'd need to play on the machine and there's a jumper on the machine. : )

cynthia wrote on 02/11/15 7:56 AM

i want to give this a try. i have an idea now i just have to see if it would work. i like the idea of edging a scarf or shawl.
Adina J.

Adina J. wrote on 02/11/15 8:30 AM

I"ll knit one row e.g. right to left.On next row ,*first 3 needles will be in "holding "position.Knit all other needles (left to right). next row (right to left ) do the same,3 first needles put in "holding" position.The 3 needls that were on left side in holding position-put in warking positin, and knit to end of row*.Repet * to *.You will get an i-cord built in.....

Jeannie wrote on 02/11/15 11:18 AM

I'm on the trying the slip stitch bandwagon. Holding position on alternate rows would probably work, too, but isn't as appealing to do---in my mind! I've seen lots of scarves with this edge recently, so it is definitely worth trying. I'll be looking forward to seeing your solution, Sue.
Mariam R

Mariam R wrote on 02/11/15 12:14 PM

I have just tried it on my LK 150. With the russell lever on I, hold the three needles closet to carriage, knit one row. put the needles held back to work, push 3 needles on the other side of the piece closest to the carriage and knit, and repeat. Putting both ends out of work to be held and then knit at the same time, one side will be tighter. I have tried putting the needles opposite to the carriage each time, the I cord edges were tighter than the way I mentioned first. You can also do the same thing by changing the russell lever setttings back an forth. I prefer pushing the needles. This is a great idea. It can come in handy and save time. I have not needed it for any of my few knitting machine projects yet. I am a newer machine knitter

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