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May 22, 2005

Applied I-Cord's Been Applied

Today nona cleaned the garage -- you have no idea -- and finished her tie front shrug.  Based on your support, encouraging readers, I went ahead and finished the edges using an applied i-cord.  This technique is not hard, but is slow going.  But you know what?  I didn't need to use the M&M technique to keep me going.  Working the applied i-cord had a hypnotic quality, so nona was hip-no-tized into finishing -- definitely less fattening than the M&Ms.

The ribbon tie is attached using hook and eyes, allowing it to be easily removed.  Who knows? nona may want to wash the darn thing, change the tie to match my outfit, or wear it without the ties.  Can you say versatile?

nona likes versatility.  Move your mouse over
the photo to see the shrug without the ties.

Would you like to try an applied i-cord edging?  Here's how...

To work the applied i-cord you'll need either circular needles or double pointed needles.  With right side facing: 

  1. Cast on 3 stitches
  2. Slide the stitches to the other side of the needle
  3. Knit 2 stitches and slip the 3rd stitch purl-wise
  4. Pick up 1 stitch from the edge of your knit fabric
  5. Slip the slipped stitch up and over the picked up stitch
  6. Slip the 3 stitches purl-wise from the right needle back to the left needle.
  7. Repeat steps 3 - 6 along the edge of your knit fabric

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Lovely! The i-cord makes it look clean and finished without being fussy.

Posted by: Ashley | May 22, 2005 8:11:58 PM

It looks great. I agree, applied i-cord is tedious but looks so nice when it's finally done.

Posted by: Jessica | May 22, 2005 8:48:54 PM

The edge does look nicely finished, and I love that you set it up so you could change the details to match whatever you wanted. That's so clever!

Posted by: Leisel | May 22, 2005 9:19:31 PM

Thanks for the clear instruction! That's a lovely edging.

Posted by: erin | May 23, 2005 2:37:43 AM

Love it ... especially with the ribbon tie!

Posted by: Agnes | May 23, 2005 2:52:42 AM

It looks fabulous! It must have taken the large bag of M&M's but it was worth every calorie.

Posted by: Margene | May 23, 2005 9:30:33 AM

The i-cord was fabulous addition. It looks great and I love that bow!

Posted by: Purly Whites | May 23, 2005 10:39:44 AM

Very nice indeed...and a no M&M i-cord finish, lovely.

Posted by: Elizabeth | May 23, 2005 12:13:07 PM

Hey. The I-cord bind off looks great. Hypnotic, yes indeed.

Thanks for the comment on my blog. The tea set is an Annie Modesitt pattern from Interweave Knits. You can find it at: http://www.interweave.com/knit/projects_articles.asp (toward the bottom). Keep watching. I'm almost done with the set, especially since it's due for a birthday party on Saturday.

Posted by: The Feminist Mafia | May 23, 2005 1:04:31 PM

Looks absolutely wonderful, love the bow, love the color!

Posted by: grumperina | May 23, 2005 6:04:54 PM

It's beautiful.
I love reading about your knitting--you are very inspiring and seem very smart and kind. And you knit fabulously.


Posted by: kirs10knits | May 26, 2005 10:46:56 AM

BEEEE-U-TIFUL!!! Where did you get the pattern? And the yarn choices for your fall one are just absolutely YUMMY!!! Where did you find those yarns?

Posted by: Susan | Sep 1, 2005 2:51:30 PM

I just came across your great site, and like many, wonder how to access your patterns, particularly this cute tie-front shrug.

Posted by: Elaine | Oct 19, 2007 9:30:15 AM

Your instructions were sooooo helpful, and you were kidding about what a pain it is...ugh!

Posted by: Michelle | Jan 2, 2008 8:04:29 PM

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