If you like to knit shawl from top down, you will always learn new ways to cast on. In this case, the i-cord edge runs uniformly from one to the other end. I’ll show you how the master this technique.
I prefer to knit shawls from top down. For this, I cast on a few stitches and gradually increase the stitches, so that the rows become longer and longer. That’s how I can adjust the size of the shawl. In order for the edge of the shawl to look the same from one corner to the next, there are various ways to knit the selvedge stitch. A nice selvedge stitch gives the I-cord. In doing so, the selvedge is knitted as a I-cord at the beginning and end of each row. The I-cord is knitted as a tube and creates a smooth right knitted edge, which is twice as thick as with flat knitted selvedge stitches.
The I-cord cast-on is composed of three steps:
- Picking up stitches
But the most important thing in advance is how you should hold the yarn to cast on.
The I-cord edge is generally knitted over 3 or 4 stitches. In my example, I knitted 3 stitches as an I-cord.
How to hold the yarn
Step 1: Hold the yarn in the hands as shown: the end of the yarn is placed in front of your left thumb, guide the yarn around your left index finger and place it in the palm of the hand.
Step 2: Keep your thumb and index finger open, close the remaining fingers, and hold the yarn tight.
With this cast-on, I don’t recommend starting with a loop knot. Instead, loop the yarn around the needle as shown in steps 1 and 2.
Step 1: Place the needle with the right hand from above into the space between the thumb, index finger and thread.
Step 2: Move the needle under the thread to the thumb forwards and upwards.
Step 3: Cast on the next stitch as in the long-tail cast-on method. Repeat this step to the desired number of stitches. In this example, a total of three stitches has cast on.
Step 1: If you knit with DPNs, move the stitches to the other end of the needle. When you knit with circular knitting needles, slip purlwise the stitches from the right to the left needle, with the yarn in the back.
Step 2: Knit all stitches.
Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have two rows more than you want to pick up at the side. In my example, I will take three stitches from the side of the I-cord. So I knit a total of 5 rows.
3. Picking up stitches
Picking up sideways
Step 1: Turn the work by 90° clockwise.
Step 2: Pick up a stitch at the “V”; starting in two rows below the last, knitted row.
Repeat step 2 to the desired number of sideways picked stitches. In this example, there are 3 stitches.
Picking up along the cast-on
Now follows the frigid part. But don’t worry – if it isn’t so nice, you can still make corrections with the stitching of the yarn end.
Step 1: With the right needle, insert into one loop of the cast-on and pick up a stitch.
Step 2: Pick up another stitch along the cast-on.
Step 3: Pick up the third and last stitch along the cast-on.
Knit the next three (or how many stitches you picked up sideways) accordingly to the pattern instructions, until the last three stitches.
At the beginning of each row, knit the three stitches.
At the end of each row, slip the last three stitches as follows: with the yarn in front of the needle, slip the next three stitches purlwise.