Love knitting with i cord edges? Us too! But how to close them off when you’re done… This tutorial will show you how to use Kitchener stitch (grafting) to invisibly close two pieces of knitted fabric that have i-cord edges on each side.
First off, you need to take a look at what it is we’re trying to achieve.
On the right is a completed i-cord edge. See how all the stitch bumps are hidden within the rolled edge? On the left hand side is an incomplete i-cord. You can still see the stitch bumps on the just completed row of knitting, but completed i-cord below that row.
The working yarn is in front of the incomplete i-cord.
When you turn the piece of fabric over, you can see that the i-cord which is incomplete on the right side of the fabric is complete on the back.
The trick is to complete all of your i-cords then use Kitchener stitch to close the fabric.
If you take those final three stitches onto a darning needle, and rotate them anticlockwise…
and place them back onto the needle… All i-cords complete!
Then just Kitchener stitch as per usual.
Then you have beautiful rolled i-cord edges on each side and an invisible seam. Wonderful!
Here’s the full video so you can see everything in action. Enjoy!