KatKnap Photo Tutorial: Attached I-Cord Border in Tunisian Crochet

The I-Cord is a coveted stitch or some crocheters. A beautiful edging that can be added to virtually any knitted project with relative ease for someone who is familiar enough with the art. However, for crocheters, adding an I-Cord is a tedious process of creating the I-Cord and then  more laborious still, because it has to be sewed on which requires extensive planning and measuring.

While I was making Cora's Pinwheel, I really wanted something elegant to go around the border of the blanket. Shells felt too frilly and a single or double crochet border felt too plain. What I really wanted, was an I-Cord edging. So I set about creating an I-Cord border around some washcloths I had made for my mother-in-law (a much less intimidating test swatch) and decided it was so perfect, I had to make a tutorial.

You will need:

  • A double-ended crochet hook
  • A project that requires a border
  • Some basic knowledge of right side, wrong side
  • And a little bit of Tunisian Crochet know-how that can easily be gotten by a quick read-through of my blog post showing how to make a Tunisian Simple Stitch
     

The trickiest part of this whole tutorial is making sure that the hook is on the proper side. Between turns of the project, the hook must be slid through the loops so that you are able to work with the other end. The other tricky bit is that the yarn has to move back and forth in a little bit of a funky way, but I these transitions are captured in italicized text in the captions of the pictures below.

  To the Right Side of your project, attach yarn with slip stitch.

To the Right Side of your project, attach yarn with slip stitch.

  Pull up a loop in the next two stitches that are closest to your hook.

Pull up a loop in the next two stitches that are closest to your hook.

  Turn the work to the Wrong Side and slide the hook so that the other point is nearer the working yarn.

Turn the work to the Wrong Side and slide the hook so that the other point is nearer the working yarn.

  Slip two stitches - to a fairly seasoned knitter this is second nature, but for the crocheters, "slipping" a stitch is simply removing it from the hook.

Slip two stitches - to a fairly seasoned knitter this is second nature, but for the crocheters, "slipping" a stitch is simply removing it from the hook.

  Pinch the two slipped stitches to avoid losing them. Then,  with the yarn behind the hook , yo and pull through the remaining loop on the hook.

Pinch the two slipped stitches to avoid losing them. Then, with the yarn behind the hook, yo and pull through the remaining loop on the hook.

  This will give you the first chain of the three-chain I-Cord stitch.

This will give you the first chain of the three-chain I-Cord stitch.

  Grab the nearest loop to the hook, yo, and pull through that loop ( better pictures of this below ).

Grab the nearest loop to the hook, yo, and pull through that loop (better pictures of this below).

  Grab the nearest loop again, yo, pull through, now all three chains of the first I-Cord stitch should be on the hook.

Grab the nearest loop again, yo, pull through, now all three chains of the first I-Cord stitch should be on the hook.

  Turn the work (Right Side) again and slide the hook just as before.

Turn the work (Right Side) again and slide the hook just as before.

  Insert the hook into the very next stitch of the work to which you are adding the border. Then,  by moving the yarn behind the work and over the hook , pull up a fourth loop onto the hook.

Insert the hook into the very next stitch of the work to which you are adding the border. Then, by moving the yarn behind the work and over the hook, pull up a fourth loop onto the hook.

  There are now four loops on the hook.    **Return to this step**

There are now four loops on the hook.
**Return to this step**

  Turn the work (Wrong Side)...

Turn the work (Wrong Side)...

  ...slide the hook...

...slide the hook...

 ...and slip two stitches.

...and slip two stitches.

   Move the yarn such that it is behind the hook , yo...

Move the yarn such that it is behind the hook, yo...

 ...pull through both of the loops, ending up with one loop left on the hook.

...pull through both of the loops, ending up with one loop left on the hook.

  Grab the very next (second) slipped stitch, yo...

Grab the very next (second) slipped stitch, yo...

  ...pull through one loop.

...pull through one loop.

  Grab the very next (first) slipped stitch, yo...

Grab the very next (first) slipped stitch, yo...

  ...pull through one loop. There are now three loops on the hook.

...pull through one loop. There are now three loops on the hook.

  Turn the work (Right Side), slide the hook, and pull up a 4th loop again in the very next stitch. Return to ** and continue all the way around the edge.

Turn the work (Right Side), slide the hook, and pull up a 4th loop again in the very next stitch. Return to ** and continue all the way around the edge.

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Did you find this tutorial helpful?
What is your favorite border for the things you craft? Are there any Tunisian Stitches you wish you could see up close?

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