In preparation of a class I started knitting the Fiddlehead Mittens and first reading the pattern I was a bit taken aback by the I-cord Cast-on. As usual, reading a pattern does not do much for me, I have to actually do it to really get it.
Once I figured it out I realized that this Cast-on has a lot of possibilities. I had never seen or used it before, I might do so more often in the future. It gives a really neat edge, and offers a different edge solution for the adventurous knitter.
Other than with I-cord you do not even have to use double pointed needles, since it is worked by slipping stitches back to the left-hand needle instead of to the other end of the dpn. (If you have worked I-cord already you know what I am talking about, if not, you’ll find out soon enough!
1. Cast on 3 stitches.
2. Knit into the front and back of the first st, then knit the remaining 2 sts.
3. Slip 3 stitches back to the left hand needle, one remains on the right hand needle = first cast-on stitch!
4. Repeat step 2.
5. Repeat step 3 – except that now you have 2 sts sitting on the right hand needle.
Cast on the required amount of stitches by repeating step 4 and 5, plus 2 – meaning if you want to cast on 30 stitches, there should be 32 on the needle when you are done.
Now turn work.
Here I think I veered off pattern a bit, but since I liked what I got I’ll tell you my version: Bind off one stitch by slipping the first stitch purlwise, then purl the next, pass the slipped stitch over the just purled one, then slip that stitch back onto the left hand needle.
Purl two together.
Now you are ready to do whatever you want to do next!
Happy Knitting, as ever!