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.
The tutorials below 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.
Firstly, there's the Purled I-cord Bind-off:
I think this one is fairly self explanatory - you create a purl I-cord as you cast off your stitches. It's a nice edge, don't you think?
I haven't got the Tutorials page set up for these yet, so I'm going to park them here for now.
download the Purled I-Cord Bind-off tutorial
Next up is a fun little thing I worked out one morning, which is really rather clever. It's a way of combining a 3-needle bind-off with a purled I-cord, all in one go. And it's really not as bad as it sounds!
This isn't essential for the new design, but it is an option, should you not fancy the other challenge. Doesn't it look pretty cool? I love it.
download the Purled I-Cord 3-Needle Bind-off tutorial
Once I'd started wandering down this road, I got rather excited by the different ways of creating an I-cord, purled or otherwise, across a section of knitted fabric. Some as bind-offs (as above), and some applied, as below...
This looks the same as the one above, except it's not. I rather like things that achieve the same finished look but are created by different means... it allows for flexibility within a design; it means design elements can be repeated and not be hindered by different construction requirements. And that makes for a clever design. There is a very slight difference between the two, but it's hardly noticeable. Swatch them and see for yourself.
And this one is actually easier than the combo bind-off one, even though I've given it a bit of long name.... I've called it the 'Traverse Applied Purled I-cord'. Because, well, it is traverse... technically it can travel in a variety of directions across a piece of knitted fabric (although it will require some sort set up in that piece of knitted fabric, as mentioned in the tutorial, unless you really want to go rogue and apply freeform stylee... and I say got for it!) and it is applied, which kinda makes it less messy.
download the Traverse Applied Purled I-Cord tutorial
And finally, before anyone asks - an Applied Purled I-cord to a selvedge edge is, well, kinda messy. I tried a few different ways of doing it directly onto the fabric but none of them pleased me. So if you want to try it, I suggest picking up and knitting the stitches along the selvedge edge, then working an Purled I-cord Bind-off. So, *so* much neater.
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 :)
eta/ the final download link was a bit wonky - all fixed now!