i-cord woes

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CamelNoodle's picture
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i-cord woes

I'm doing the intermediate knit-along. I need to make an i-cord. I'm following directions I found online and in one of my books, but it looks terrible. I get the idea, I'm essentially knitting in the round for 5 stitches. On one side, it looks great, on the other, it looks a mess. I think I'm not pulling the first stitch tight enough, so I'm getting a flat strip, instead of a tube, but I'm pulling it as hard as I can.

Any ideas or suggestions? Help!

Janel

Joined: 07/21/06
Posts: 162

I've never done more than 4 stiches for an icord, but they've always formed a tube right away. The first two or three rows might be odd, but after that it curls up, and I don't have to tug that first stitch at all. I don't really know what to say, sorry!

CamelNoodle's picture
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So does it just curl, or is it actually connected into a tube shape?

Joined: 08/18/04
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Are you turning it and working the other side on the next row? B/c if you are turning it, it's not going to do the tube thing. Normally when you work back and forth the yarn is always at the left side of the row. However, with an I cord, when you start a new row, the yarn should be at the right side of your row. You then pull that end over to the first stitch causing the 2 ends of the rows to come together. This is what causes the tube.

Does that make sense? I kinda feel like I just confused myself there LOL. If it doesn't, then just ignore me LOL

Joined: 03/16/15
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Ok I swear by this website now

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/misc.php

I read what Sandi wrote and I understand because I just finished my i cord (from hell) but it can be VERY confusing but the lady on this website does and awesome job of explaining. My tip would be wait until you get the first stitch on the second needle and then try to tighten it. It worked for me. But I still had a few spots that were wierd but after felting you can bearly see them!

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I always pull on the i-cord itself after finishing each row, not the string for the first stitch. That kinda straightens it out and gets the tube shape going.

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"morrisbuddy" wrote:

I always pull on the i-cord itself after finishing each row, not the string for the first stitch. That kinda straightens it out and gets the tube shape going.

That's a good idea! Tug it down and get it to curl into itself....

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That's what I do too. Knit 5 push it to the other end so the string of yarn is on the bottom of the peice, knit the 5 and pull on the cord..not the string of yarn. Mine have turned out perfect

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Any luck Janel??

CamelNoodle's picture
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It's looking better. It just takes time for the cord to curl, I guess. It will take me forever to get 5-6 feet of this at this rate though...

Janel