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December 10, 2005

I-Cord Gloves - 4th Installment

In this 4th and final installment of the I-Cord Glove pattern we'll knit the glove's cuff, adding a touch of style with a picot edging bind off.  If you've made it this far pat yourself on the back -- from here on in it's smooth sailing.

I-Cord Gloves: Serial Pattern: Installment 4

Previous installments of the I-Cord Glove pattern include:

  • Installment 1 -- Kick start your gloves and knit the 10 fingers using Meg Swansen's I-Cord finger technique.
  • Installment 2 -- Join the 4 fingers together and worked the body of the glove down to the thumb.
  • Installment 3 -- Connect the thumb to the glove and shape the thumb gusset.

With the fingers knit and connected to the glove, the thumb added, and the gusset shape, it's time to knit the cuff.  A glove's cuff is an excellent opportunity to be creative.  This pattern works the cuff in a simple K1, P1 ribbing.  But remember a pattern is not law, it's merely a suggestion to the intelligent -- feel free to ignore the pattern and knit the cuff your way!

Knitting the Cuff
Continuing on 44 (48, 52) sts, work a simple -- but stretchy -- K1, P1 ribbing as follows:

  • All Rounds: [k1, p1] to end of round.
  • Continue until cuff measures 2 1/2 inches.

Picot Edging Bind Off

I love the ruffle of this decorative bind off

This edging is the "picot point chain edging" from Nicky Epstein's Knitting on the Edge. If you're not into the ruffle simply bind off normally -- to avoid a tight bind off, try using the Suspended Bind Off (scroll down).    To work the picot edging bind off:

  1. Bind off 2 stitches
  2. Slip the lone stitch on the right needle back to the left needle
  3. Cast on 3 stitches
  4. Bind off 5 stitches
  5. Repeat steps 2 - 4

Weave in all ends and wear proudly.  If you're feeling extra good, go on and take an MCS -- you deserve it!

nona's second pair of gloves for the Peaceful Palms Knit Along.

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I love the ruffle. I'll put that on my second pair of i-cord gloves.

Posted by: Dena | Dec 10, 2005 2:04:03 PM

You know, I've been reading these glove installments thinking I need a new project like I need a hole in my head. Around Thanksgiving, I was starting to crack because I began telling myself that I really could use another pair of gloves...

You just pushed me over the edge with that cute ruffle. I *must* make some! Thanks so much for all the work you put into these tutorials!

Posted by: Mary-Heather | Dec 10, 2005 4:39:36 PM

The ruffle is perfect! About how much yarn did your gloves use up?

Posted by: Vicki | Dec 11, 2005 4:05:13 PM

I tried your suspended bind off for the neckband of the sweater I am knitting for my father. I've done a couple of inches - it looks great! Thank you!

Posted by: June | Dec 11, 2005 7:25:02 PM

Very cute bind-off! I think I will try that on a pair of toe-up socks. They've been languishing in my UFO bag because I wasn't happy with the bind-off. The ways I tried have either turned out too tight or too sloppy.

Posted by: Laura | Dec 11, 2005 9:55:13 PM

Love the gloves. Any suggestions for yarns comparable to Koigu? I have heard about this yarn but have never used it. This will surely be my Xmas break knitting.

Posted by: Beverly | Dec 12, 2005 6:11:53 AM

Thanks, Nona! It's been a lovely tutorial. I love your catch-line - very encouraging.

Posted by: Julia | Dec 12, 2005 12:48:00 PM

I love love the ICord Gloves!! I must make some!! Thanks for sharing your knitting ingenuity with the knitting world :0)

Posted by: Becka | Dec 13, 2005 11:46:34 AM

I do not know Koigu yarn so used my wooltops/ alpaca handspun and did a tension square. The finished glove was way too big so I thought I'd attempt to shrink it but instead it grew to double the length! It is huge.At least I don't have to knit the second glove now for which I am grateful.

Posted by: Beverley Inis | Jan 6, 2006 12:17:32 PM

Thank you SO much. I am a recently addicted glove knitter and have searched for different methods. As I did for socks, I am compiling notes. I've added your wonderful directions and will give you credit, of course, when I use. Can't wait to try out the I-cord gloves. I think I'll use some Lorna's Laces. Now, off to get that Meg Swanson book!

Posted by: Jen | Jan 27, 2006 7:44:35 AM

Thank you really for these instructions. I was a rank beginner when I took up this glove project. Here's my completed knitted pair:
They actually fit and are toasty!

Posted by: Deepa | Feb 20, 2006 12:26:31 AM

I love this pattern, and can't wait to try it. I, however, would like to make these "fingerless"... meaning, still knitting the fingers the way you suggest ( i-cord ), but not closing in the top of the fingers, so that they would look like a tube, and my fingertips would stick out of the top. Can you tell me how to do this? Thanks so much for this pattern. Gloves have always intimidated me and until your pattern, I have not yet attempted them.

Posted by: bjames | Sep 18, 2008 12:00:35 PM

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