GK Knitting Help: The Applied I-cord

We have finished the hood and the yoke of the Tyche Hoodie. But before moving on to separating the sleeves and joining in the round for the body, we are going to make the edges of the hood and the neck opening more attractive with an I-cord. For this we will use the applied I-cord method, which I have already showed you before, but this time it is a bit different, so it worth another tutorial in my opinion.

So what we will basically do here is to pick up live stitches from the selvedge of our neck opening and hood, and bind them off right away, creating an I-cord. We have to do this in a way that we would be able to incorporate both ends of the I-cord into our existing workpiece and they will blend in when we join in the round for the body.

Which means we have to cast on the 3 stitches of the I-cord with the provisional cast on method, this way we will have live stitches at the cast on edge of the I-cord as well. Let’s go through the process step by step.

First of all, turn your current work on the sides and with a separate piece of yarn pick up stitches onto a different needle. You have to pick up 1 stitch from under every selvedge stitch (remember the importance of the chain selvedge method…?) It will look like something like this when you are done:

If you chose another method for edging (or hadn’t chosen any…) don’t worry. You will have to pick up stitches from every second row and you will have almost the same result.

Now cast on 3 stitches using the provisional cast on method onto a DPN. These will be the stitches of your I-cord.

From here, it is quite easy: slip these 3 stitches onto the left hand needle (before the live stitches you just created at the selvedge of the neck opening) and work: k2, k2tog tbl, sl3 back onto left needle until you run out of live stitches.

To see me doing this in action, please watch this video:

I hope this was helpful to you! If you need help with the next step of the Tyche Hoodie too, please read this tutorial: Joining in the Round with an Overlap!

If you need any more assistance with my pattern, please feel free to contact me via this form or send an email to gynkaknitwear@gmail.com.

I hope to see you in the next one! 🙂

Happy Knitting!


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