Help! Having problems with an I-Cord....

Help! Having problems with an I-Cord....

Post by knitki » Fri, 23 Oct 1998 04:00:00



I am working on Meg Swansen's Shoolhouse pullover from Knitting in America
and driving myself crazy.  Up to now it has been great...I've got the body
of the sweater complete and I've cut my steeks and finsished off the
shoulder seems with a really cool I-Cord knitted seem.  The problem starts
here-

The instructions for the sleeves are rather vague, which  I don't mind too
much except I am attempting something new.  The I-Cord seam across the
shoulder is supposed to follow down the top of the sleeve - where it is also
supposed to -cover up- or include a double decrease whenever I feel like
decreasing, but there are not instructions on exactly how to do this.  The
sleeve is worked in the round, so this I-cord is basically worked in the
middle of the row.  I've knit plenty an I-cord before, and used it a few
times as what I call a Cast On I-Cord edge,  but how the heck am I suppose
to do an icord in the middle of a round?  There are two stitches that remain
from the I-Cord shoulder seem, and all the instructions say is "knit up a
stitch" underneath these two to carry it down the sleeve,  but I can not
figure it out.   I figure I am suppose to knit up this stitch each time, I
come to the I-cord so it is attached to the sleeve, but maybe I am wrong.

The I-Cord seam was done by (first casting on 2 stitches) then knitting 1,
slipping 1, knitting 2 together (one stitch from the sholder of the front
and one stitch from the sholder of the back) and then passing the slipped
stitch over the knit 2 together stitch.  To carry this down the sleeve I
have been knitting 1, slipping 1 and then kniting a stich up from underneath
and passing the sliped stitch over this new stitch.  What I am getting is
that the 1st stitch is always knit and the new stich is always slipped- not
really a I-Cord.

If anyone has worked this pattern or another one with a similar treatment,
or knows how Meg intends this to be done please let me know.  Last night I
ripped out about 5 rounds because I thought I had figured it out, but when I
tried my new idea it looked worse than my first attempt.

Thanks in advance for any help or advice!
KnitKit  (AKA LauraK.)

 
 
 

Help! Having problems with an I-Cord....

Post by Helen Fleisch » Fri, 23 Oct 1998 04:00:00




Quote:
>The instructions for the sleeves are rather vague, which  I don't mind too
>much except I am attempting something new.  The I-Cord seam across the
>shoulder is supposed to follow down the top of the sleeve - where it is also
>supposed to -cover up- or include a double decrease whenever I feel like
>decreasing, but there are not instructions on exactly how to do this.  The
>sleeve is worked in the round, so this I-cord is basically worked in the
>middle of the row.  I've knit plenty an I-cord before, and used it a few
>times as what I call a Cast On I-Cord edge,  but how the heck am I suppose
>to do an icord in the middle of a round?  There are two stitches that remain
>from the I-Cord shoulder seem, and all the instructions say is "knit up a
>stitch" underneath these two to carry it down the sleeve,  but I can not
>figure it out.   I figure I am suppose to knit up this stitch each time, I
>come to the I-cord so it is attached to the sleeve, but maybe I am wrong.

The only way I can picture carrying the i-cord down the sleeve is to
work it with it's own ball of yarn, intarsia style. Working in the
round, you'll always come at it from the "wrong" end, where the yarn
isn't, but pulling the yarn back to knit those few stitches should give
you the raised i-cord effect. I sure would use a marker, though, so you
don't accidentally knit across it with the main yarn.


 Helen "Halla" Fleischer,
 Fantasy & Fiber Artist in Fairland, MD USA