Lately I have all sorts of methods to cast on my knitting projects on my mind. Some I have already shared with you, think for example of the folded hem, the two-color cast-on, the picot cast-on, the provisional crochet cast-on and of course the Latvian twist. In this post I want to show you how to knit an i-cord cast-on.
I-cord is usually knit over 3 to 5 stitches. In this example I’m going to make an i-cord cast-on based on 3 stitches. In short the instruction would be as follows:
I-cord CO: Cast-on 4 sts. k4, sl 4 sts just worked back to the LH needle, * kfb in next st, k3, sl 4 sts just worked back to the LH needle; rep from * until the desired number of sts has been achieved, plus 3 sts. Next: (k2tog) twice, sl 2 st back to LH needle, k2tog.
Knitting the i-cord cast-on step by step
1. Cast on 4 stitches, in this example I used the knitting-on method.
2. Knit 4 stitches
3. Slip the 4 newly knitted stitches back to the left hand needle one by one.
4. Knit the next stitch in front loop and then in the back loop before sliding the off the stitch juste worked. Tighten your yarn a bit.
5. Knit 3 stitches.
6. Slip 4 stitches back to the left hand needle one by one.
7. Repeat steps 4 to 6 until you have the desired number of stitches plus 3.
8. Knit 2 stitches together, twice.
9. Slip 2 stitches back to the left needle.
10. Knit these 2 stitches together.
Now your cast-on is ready and you can start the rest of your project!
This is how it looks at the front and back of the piece:
For a less “rounded” corner, you can also choose to omit steps 8 to 10. In the last repeat of step 6, slip only 3 stitches back to the left hand needle and bind these off.
To use this cast-on method for a project knitted in the round, you can also choose to omit steps 8 to 10. In the last repeat of step 6, slip only 3 stitches back to the left hand needle instead of 4 stitches and place those on a bit of waste yarn. Afterwards you can then graft these stitches together with the starting stitches for a seamless connection of the i-cord edge.
This cast-on method also has a matching bind-off!