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Bettina Cardigan KAL – 4th part: The Double I-cord Finishing

This week was no different than last week! Lots of pictures were posted on the PeaceKnitLove facebook page, showing the progress of the pieces of the people who are participating. Particularly I love that part of a KAL! It's nice to see the different choices of yarn, the variety of colors and personal modifications. I hope this KAL is being a pleasant experience and in a few weeks we can all be dressing our cardigans! Lol Following the pattern, this week we will work on the double I-cord finishing. There’s three videos complementing the instructions and a precious tip from Yone, for those who want to make the closing with buttons! Double I-cord Finishing (worked one at a time) Setting up for the first I-cord Change for the bigger size needles. On this step we use larger needles to prevent pulling or puckering between the I-cord and the already knitted piece. The purpose of this detail is to enhance the 90º corner angle. In the photos below we can better understand the difference in the result. The first image shows the effect when the I-cord is made the same way in corners and straight parts.                 I was interested on a finish that enhances the shape of the angles of 90 ° formed in the transition from between the hem and the sides and also between the side and the collar. So, I did some tests and came up with this effect. We work in a way to create more fabric through two short rows made on the I-cord.                I cord: Cast on 3 stitches at the left needle using the Backward Loop Method. *Knit 2 stitches, SSK, slip 3 stitches from right needle to left needle and repeat from* until the last stitch before a corner. I cord corners: After slip the 3 stitches from the right needle to left needle, K2 and slip them to left needle K2, SSK, slip 3 stitches from right needle to left needle K2 and slip them to left needle. Continue to work the I-cord Finishing. Stop before the marker. You will have 3 stitches on right needle. Slip them to the left needle and Slip 1, K2tog and pass the slipped stitch over. Place the remaining stitch on hold. This video shows exactly the point of transition between the end of the 1st I-cord and the beginning of the second one. Keep in mind that as we will close the "holes" that inevitably appears at the underarms area,, we will also close any "holes" that may occurs at this step. The video also shows the area where we will pick up stitches for the second I-cord: on the outer edge of the first I-cord finishing. Setting up for the second I-cord Finishing Pick up stitches as follows: Left front: 86 (88, 90, 94, 100, 104) stitches Collar: 80 (84, 88, 94, 94, 98) stitches Right front: 86 (88, 90, 94, 100, 104) stitches Back: 124 (132, 144, 160, 172, 184) You will have 376 (392, 412, 442, 466, 490) stitches on the needle. Place the stitch on hold at the left needle. Cast on 2 at the left needle using the Backward Loop Method. I-cord: *Knit 2 stitches, ssk, slip 3 stitches from right needle to left needle and repeat from* until the last stitch before a corner. I cord corners: After slip the 3 stitches from the right needle to left needle, K2 and slip them to left needle K2, SSK, slip 3 stitches from right needle to left needle K2 and slip them to left needle. Continue to work the I-cord Finishing. Stop before the marker. You will have 3 stitches on right needle. Slip them to the left needle and Slip 1, K2tog and pass the slipped stitch over. Break the yarn and draw tail through remaining loop.  ***before break the yarn, be sure to leave enough yarn to weave. Tip of the precious Yone: I would like to share with you the Yone’s idea of closing the cardigan with buttons. Between the first and second I-cord, she symmetrically didn’t pick up some stitches, to create the buttonholes.  Isn’t that great?! If you like Yone’s idea, I have a few suggestions for you: - Define symmetric spaces, starting with a buttonhole at the collar and the last one at the end. - Choose your button and based on its size, do tests to see how many stitches are enough to create a suitable buttonhole (neither too tight nor too big). Below, a last minute drawing is one more attempt to enrich the explanation!                     Have a great weekend! Peace, Knit and Love...always! Paula
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  1. Márcia #

    Nina,

    Não sei onde eu li (acho que sonhei) quando for fazer as mangas, uma carreira e em ponto torcido e a outra meia normal ?? Ou tudo torcido ?? Já reli a receita e não acho isso, de qq forma empaco quando surge uma dúvida.

    June 24, 2012
    • PKL #

      Marcinha Uva
      Esta bem no inicio da receita em”Observaçōes”: As mangas também são trabalhadas em ponto meia torcido (em círculo os pontos meias são trabalhados na alça de trás do ponto em uma carreira e na outra em meia normal).
      Liberada p mandar brasa!
      Bjkinhas

      June 24, 2012
  2. Wanda Lucia #

    Paulinha, dear, no maior estilo “dã!” o acabamento tem duas carreiras de icord?? Wow!! Quanto de fio vai nesse acabamento? Tenho só mais um novelo (100g) do fio azul. Vou ter que resolver de outra forma… Tenho 200g de outra cor, talvez o icord fique legal sendo tecido em beige!!! É o jeito otherwise o cardigan vai ficar sleeveless!
    🙂
    Bjs!

    June 30, 2012
    • PKL #

      Oi Wandinha

      Acho q vai ficar barbaro! A Monica fez assim e vai mandar fotos nesse finde!
      A ideia inicial do Bettina era extamente para ter o I-cord em cor diferente!!

      Muitas bjkas

      June 30, 2012

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