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Old 08-16-2009, 06:22 PM   #1
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I cords- are they structural/necessary?

My first post on here, and I have a question. I'm almost finished with a hooded car coat project which I found in the premier issue of Knit It! (seems to be dated March 2002?)

The final item on the coat is an I-cord which is knitted and sewn on from the bottom of one side of the front up around the hood and down to the the other side of the front.

The sweater is knit with Lion Brand's Homespun which is a bit stretchy.

I was considering leaving the I-cord off, but am concerned that it may prevent the hood and front edge from stretching. Although it doesn't seem to be that solid. (in other words the i-cord is just as stretchy as the rest)

Since the yarn is considered bulky weight and the i-cord is made on 4 stitches (size 7?) dpn's, to me it just looks wierd. (Bulky and not neat at all) (not to mention I hate the thought of having to sew it all on.) The pattern calls for an i-cord of 83" or so.

These are the ideas I've had of solving the problem:

1: leave it off altogether and hope for the best.
2: use a finer yarn in a co-ordinating colour. (I'd have to buy a new ball of yarn, and colour may be hard to match)
3. buy a ready made braid in co-ordinating colour and sew that on.

I was hoping someone might have some additional input or suggestions.

If need be I can send digital pictures of the sweater.

Any help would be appreciated!!
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