An applied i-cord is a lovely, neat way to add a narrow edge to any item. It can be used for baby blankets, flannels, table mats, shawl, cowl, edging a scarf or the neck edge of a baby hat.
If the ties of the hat are also an i-cord, you can work it as one continuous piece - left hand tie, neck edging and then right hand tie.
This tutorial shows you how to work an applied i-cord to the neck edge of a hat.
You will need:
The item to apply the i-cord to - in this case, a hat
2 double pointed needles
An i-cord the right length for the left hand tie
Start at the wearer's left hand side neck edge, with the right side of the hat facing you. Work towards the wearer's right hand side neck edge.
Note: I have knit the i-cord tie in a contrast colour to help you see the process. You will probably want to knit it in matching yarn.
1. Knit the first 2 stitches of the i-cord in the normal manner.
2. Slip the next stitch purlwise.
3. Take your yarn round the needle to create an extra stitch.
4. Insert your needle into the first stitch of the neck edge, picking up both strands.
5. And knit it.
6. Pick up the slipped stitch and the yarn round needle stitch.
7. Pass them over the last stitch on your needle.
8. Slide the stitches to the other end of the double pointed needle.
9. Knit the first 2 stitches as you did in Step 1.
Then repeat steps 2 - 8, picking up the next stitch of the neck edge in step 4.
.10. Continue repeating steps 1 - 8 picking up the next stitch along the neck edge each time until you have an applied i-cord all the way along the neck edge.
Your cord will look just as neat on the inside as it does on the outside.
Once you reach the end of the neck edging continue to work a normal i-cord for the right hand tie, ensuring it is the same length as the left hand one.