Day 2: Commuter Cowl Knit Along

Welcome Knitters! It's KnitDocDonna back again for Day 2, the final day, of the Commuter Cowl Knit Along!

During Day 1, we learned all about how Moebius' work; the actual cast-on and knitting the reversible stitches. The only task that remained was to get 6" of fabric on our sticks.

Everybody at 6 inches? Great!  

Oh, wait! Let's check our work to make sure our measurements are correct.

Knitting Doctor Tip:

 The Moebius needle set-up can sometimes make measuring a little challenging.  Because of the curl of the cable, your work may be curved and you may feel your measuring isn't dead on. When that happens give a few inches of your work some support. I'm using a small box to raise just a portion so I can measure accurately. A paperback book works just fine, too.

Important:  Stretch your work a bit when you are measuring. The sides tend to draw in toward the middle, so we'll want to make sure we aren't over 6 inches. That way, we'll have plenty of fiber to complete our i-cord, with some to spare

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I'm at 6 inches, and here's how much yarn I have remaining. It's about the size of a baseball, and I'll use about 1/2 (or more) of the ball for the i-cord.

Now that we're properly measured, and not over 6 inches, let's get started by checking out today's agenda!

What We'll Learn Today

  • I-cord bind-off
  • I-cord join

I-Cord

Knitters, this will be one of the most versatile tools in your knitters bag of tricks. It can be used alone as a cord from which can hang many a shiny thing, add a tailored (a la Chanel) edging on a sweater, hat or neck piece, as well as worked as an embellishment on almost anything (aka applied i-cord).  I-cord itself is nothing more than a few stitches that when pulled together by our working yarn, forms a tube, but as you've just seen, it can do so many things.

How-to do an i-cord bind off

This is another really simple technique, once you know the steps. 

Step 1:

Removing the marker, cast on 3 stitches (again the knitted cast-on method) using the first stitch of the round.

Step 2

. Knit 2 stitches, then k2tbl (knit 2 together through the back loop). The image shows how we knit through the back loop. It's a little different than what you would expect.  Insert the

 right hand needle tip into the next two stitches from top to bottom (the opposite of how you usually knit a stitch).

Wrap the yarn exactly as you would for a knit stitch, and complete the stitch as usual

Here's how it should look:

Take a look at the location of my thumb. It's lifting the start of the i-cord so you can see it. Doesn't it look like a little tab?

Step 3.

  Return the 3 stitches just worked (i.e. k2, k2tbl) back to the left hand needle.

Step 4.

  Repeat Steps 2 & 3 until the last 3 stitches:

See how this is working? Looking at the images you'll see that when you place those 3 stitches back on the left hand needle the working yarn is actually at the 3rd stitch from the tip, or the bottom of those 3 stitches. Now as you work through the steps above that working yarn will draw your stitches into a cord, and with each repeat of the steps you will not only be building the cord but  binding-off one stitch as well.

Whew! Will this take a long time? And will I use a lot of yarn? Well, yes and yes, but wait until you see the end result! I think you'll agree it's well worth the effort and will add a dressmaker touch to your finished piece!

Here's how your edging will start to look!

That's all there is too it! All that's left to do is follow the steps, work across all of those stitches until 3 remain. Then it's time to join...

Joining

Now for an amazingly neat and tidy finish follow the easy steps and images below.

Step 1.

 Keeping our last 3 stitches worked on the right needle, locate the 1st stitch of our i-cord cast on (remember the knitted cast-on stitches). 

Step 2.

Insert the right needle tip into that stitch and draw through a loop and place it on the right hand needle.

Step 3.

Pass the 3 stitches over the loop you have just placed, one by one, starting with the 2nd stitch in from the needle tip.  Essentially, you are working a standard bind-off.

Now you have one stitch.  Cut your yarn, draw through the loop and weave in your end as usual and don't forget the tail at our center cast-on.

How about that! Commuter is ready to wear! Now that you know the techniques you can tackle a Moebius project with total confidence. Hmmm...how about a different length and fiber?

Check out your pattern for Commuter's "Long Ride" version!  Here's a peek!

Congratulations on a job well done and knitting along with me! Until our next Knitting Adventure!

 

May the perfect project always be on your sticks,

- KnitDocDonna