This method is virtually the same as a regular I-cord bind-off, except the stitches are purled. It can add a contrasting edge, and make a refreshing change to a standard I-cord edge.
It’s used in my Asymloche pattern.
1) Cast on 3 sts into the first stitch – I used a Cable cast on. You could also use a provisional cast-on, should you need to work onto the edge at a later date.
2) Purl the first 2 sts, then slip the 3rd stitch.
3) Purl the next st on the left hand working needle, then pass the slipped stitch over the one just purled. Then take the yarn to the back, slip the 3 I-Cord sts back to the left working needle, and repeat from step 2 until all stitches are bound off. Then finish I-cord by breaking yarn & threading through stitches.
4) To compensate for the differences between row and stitch gauge, and to avoid any puckering, you will want to work one plain round of purl I-Cord every 3 or 4 joined/decreases sts.
I do rather like purled I-cords; they don’t all have to be the regular knit variety. And even the regular knit variety can be used in lots of different ways.
This batch of tutorials have been written to support my new design that will be launched at Unwind in a few weeks, which features, yup you guessed it, purled I-cords. That said, their uses are many, and I hope you enjoy experimenting with them.
Right, that’s it for today. Figured I’ve earnt myself a glass of prosecco!
ps/ if anyone knows of a simpler or alternative name for these, do comment. There’s bound to be other unventions around, but I couldn’t find any. Enjoy 🙂
As always, if you have a question about this technique or need some help with it, leave a comment below! I’m afraid I’m unable to offer help via email or private message but you’re welcome to post in our forums.