Knitting an I cord edge

An I cord edge is a nice way to finish the opening of this capelet.  In this picture, you can compare the upper edIMG_0078ge, with the completed I cord edging, versus the less finished looking lower edge.

 

In this pattern, you create a selvage by knitting into the back loop on every first stitch and slipping every last stitch.  You can see the selvage pictured below.

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The next stop involves picking up and knitting 1 stitch for every selvage stitch on the edge.  Do this step with the wrong side of the garment facing you.   Cast on 3 extra  stitches at the end of the row.   I used the backward loop cast on method.

 

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Next, knit 2 stitches, then knit 2 together through the back loop.  THEN, slip all 3 stitches back to the left needle.

 

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Then, bring the yarn across the back and repeat the sequence knit 2, then knit 2 together through back loop.  After each set of 3 stitches, slide the stitches all back to the left needle.  When you reach the last 3 stitches, bind off.  You can see the i cord edge forming in the last picture.

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