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RoseFairy 04-09-2011 11:05 PM

Love-Hate I-Cords?
Hi, so I just recently learned how to do an i-cord bind off and it's like the neatest thing. So why is it that a regular i-cord gives me trouble? For one thing it gets thicker and thinner sometimes, it never seems to even out after pulling and rolling, and it seems to take forever to knit. But there's some nice things I want to do with i-cords. I seem to have a love-hate relationship with i-cords. Does anyone else have these problems?

Jan in CA 04-10-2011 12:16 AM

I don't have any problem with them, but they are time consuming.

Sounds like your tension is uneven which will probably be better as you practice.

RoseFairy 04-10-2011 01:05 AM

I wouldn't really consider it having a problem with them. I guess I'm not good with having even tension on the strand on back and it's kind of boring to knit an i-cord when I need a long length. My first stitch is always a bit uneven, but my other stitches are always nice. It's just that first stitch that looks odd.

ETA: If my yarn was thinner I'd use my cute little hand cranked i-cord making machine. Unfortunately the machine hates worsted weight and heavier yarns.

fatoldladyinpjs 04-10-2011 08:20 AM

I avoid I cords like the plague.

Jan in CA 04-10-2011 01:45 PM

I wouldn't worry about the first stitch. You can fix that with the tail. Usually the end is sewn to something or whatever anyway and it's never seen.

RoseFairy 04-10-2011 02:35 PM

It's not just the very first stitch, I meant every first stitch to the rows/rnds are loose. I guess I should have said the first stitches? It's basically the stitches I knit after shoving the rows back over to be worked again, the ones that come after the strand of yarn is stretched across the back.

Jan in CA 04-10-2011 03:06 PM

Oh I see. I bunch the stitches together and pull it fairly tightly across to help that.

RoseFairy 04-10-2011 03:15 PM

Hmm... well, I will practice with my next project. I finished the i-cord for my mini-bag and this is what I used it for. Dunno if you can tell from the pictures but the i-cord used for the closure has looser stitches in some places. The i-cord bind off is a bit different so doesn't really look as uneven.

Jan in CA 04-10-2011 04:14 PM

Beautiful! I can't see it and chances are no one else will either. It's hand knit and hand knits are never "perfect".

Wanda Witch 04-10-2011 04:29 PM

I don't see a thing wrong. I think your work is really beautiful. I have yet to try i-cords and am wondering how I will do.

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