It's neat and it's sweet. It's a ding dong treat, Knittin' socks for little feet: A Knitting and I-Cording Tutorial

No really I'm serious, it's a knitting and I-cording tutorial!
I've been knitting for ages, I'm not a particularly amazing knitter, I don't knit sweaters or socks. I like snoods and blankets, they're my type of project. I've knit so many snoods and scarves in my time it's crazy and I love when I wear them and people ask me where I got them. I'm all like 'I made it myself'. Yup it is the most awesome! Here are a few things that I've knit.

My purple and lilac snood

About a quarter of the way through my knitted quilt

My gigantic snood that I adore.

At the minute I'm sewing all of my quilt patches together. I've got most of it done, it's approximately the size of my king size bed and it's taken me about a year! I'm also making an i-cord border to go around the blanket as a border. I-cord is so useful, especially as it basically creates a tube of knitted fabric, you can shape it into flowers and headbands. There's loads of ways it can be used, the best thing about it is that it knits up really quickly. 

This i-corder has used their i-cord to make a gorgeous little buttonhole. It's a dead easy thing to do as well as it is just about shaping the cord once you've knit it. 

So I'm going to show you how to do just that. 

I-cording is the same as normal knitting, the only difference is you need a set of double pointed needles.

You need, some wool and some double pointed needles

Here's some I knit earlier, when I-cording use either 3 or 5 stitches. For some reason it works better with an odd number, 3 or 5 is perfect. I use 5.

This is what it knits up like. It takes maybe half an hour to get this, so no time at all.

Here are your double pointed needles. You'll need these as with I-cording you slide the piece down the needle to knit the next row. All will become clear.

Basic knitting. Put the needle with the stitches on it in your left hand, your right hand will always hold the bare needle. Now slide the bare needle into the back of the first stitch. The needles should look like this above.

Take the wool and wrap it around the bare needle so you end up with the wool being pulled toward you like above.

When you pull the wool up you'll notice it starts to form a loop. This is the basis for your new stitch.

Now this is what you're looking for the gap that you can see above. The stitch is formed as you can see and that gap where the two needles are crossing is where you will be pulling your right needle back and putting it through.

Aiming for that hole you're pulling your needle back and popping it through this hole to push the stitch off the left needle. Look above at the way it sits on top of the right hand needle, you want to push that off as it's the underside of the stitch. Your new stitch is already on the right needle.

Go ahead and push it right off.

You end up with this! A new stitch!

When you have done a row it will look a little something like this.

This is icord though so we push our knitting on our right hand needle to the end of the needle. It now becomes our left hand needle, remember I said earlier the right hand needle is always bare or with new stitches. Well when you push this to the end it becomes your left hand needle. 

Now you start again! 

You might notice the wool is connected on the far left hand side of the knitted piece. It's not like this normally, when we I-cord we side the piece along the needle so the wool ends up at the end of the piece. This is how it needs to be for I-cord though the wool being at the other end of the piece means that when it knits up it knits into a circle.

This is the back of the piece. When you have the i-cord knitted up you get very used to the rhythm of sliding the piece along the needle and starting again. But that's it. Just keep going until you have a piece that is long enough for you to work with.

Have Fun Guys

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