I CORD START­ING CAST ON

The Knitter - - Masterclass -

This method is a good one if you are strug­gling with the other two tech­niques, or are hav­ing trou­ble keep­ing the stitches on your nee­dles.

Us­ing waste yarn and DPNs the same size as your project nee­dles, cast on the re­quired num­ber of sts us­ing the long-tail cast-on method.

*Knit across all sts, then slide sts to the right-hand side of the work­ing needle with­out turn­ing work.

Re­peat step 2 un­til the i-cord mea­sures 1-2cm. You can choose now whether to dis­trib­ute the stitches evenly onto a set of DPNs, or work a few in­crease rows first to make this a bit eas­ier (see tip box be­low).

Change to the main project yarn and work across all stitches. This will be­come your first pat­tern round.

Split the stitches evenly over two DPNs. Work the next cou­ple of rounds over two nee­dles only, work­ing across the front needle, turn­ing and then work­ing across the back (now front) needle.

Con­tinue this way un­til enough stitches have been in­creased to make slip­ping the stitches onto DPNs a bit ‘safer’ as there are now more stitches to grip the nee­dles. You can re­move the waste yarn when you’re just a few rounds into the project - this way, if any­thing goes wrong, there is less at stake!

Thread a ta­pes­try needle with the tail end of the main yarn and un­pick the waste yarn stitch by stitch, slip­ping the live loops onto the ta­pes­try needle as you go. When you reach the end, go into the first stitch once more and then pull the yarn gen­tly to close up the hole.

Once the i-cord is re­moved, the work will lie flat and tidy

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