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Notes on Clincher Edging Steps 1-4:

Looped Border in I-cord:

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Next row (RS): Knit 4 stitches. Do not turn work. 

This is the first row of the first i-cord loop.

Note: Entire border is worked with RS always facing.

That means you never turn the work to the back, you are always moving stitches back to the left needle to work them.

Step One – Wrapped stitch: 

Slip one stitch, bring the yarn to the front between the needles, Slip the st back to the left needle, bring the yarn to the back between the needles.  Now, slip the 4 sts you knitted before back to the left needle.  For the first repeat, all your stitches will be on the left again.

Step Two – I cord loop:

In this step, you are making the i-cord loop.  Here is a video of this technique:
When you finish this step, you will have the 4 sts of the icord on your right needle.  You will pause on these stitches to work the next step on the stitches on the left.

Step Three – Bind off inside-of-loop edge stitches plain:

In this step, you are working on the left needle stitches to create the interior bottom edge of the icord loop. Starting with the wrapped stitch from step one, you are binding off sitches without working them. Remember to return final stitch to the left needle before proceeding.

Step Four – Bind off edges stitches with I-cord edging:

In this step, the i-cord loop stitches remaining on your right are bound off into the edge on the left needle.  This is called an i-cord bind-off, here’s a video:


Most of all, it’s important to follow each little step in detail and not to miss anything. It can take a leap of faith!


Hope these notes help!!!!


A couple other letters I’ve written on Clincher, including one in French!!!

Firstly, it’s REALLY important to follow each little instruction as written.  In most cases when I have assisted someone, they have missed a movement of a stitch or a little instruction that has thrown off the process.  I would recommend using a pen to mark off each step you take and pay very close attention. I’m sure it will become clear after the first repeat.

Secondly, I think it helps if you have an understanding of the techniques I am combining here to make the looped edge.

It combines a basic icord :

with an icord bind off

Of course, I can’t make a video of the looped edge because that gives away the meat of the design.  But many have found understanding these two techniques helpful.

Thirdly, note that each step title explains what part of the looped edge you are doing.  Step 1 wraps a stitch at the start of the loop so that it won’t gape.  Step 2 makes the i-cord off the edge.  Step 3 binds off the stitches on the inside of the loop.  Step 4 binds off the icord into the edge to make the joined section between the loops.

If you are still having trouble, there is simply no replacement for in-person knitting help, if you can get it.  Perhaps there is someone who can help you at your local yarn store?


Now, en francais!!!

Excuse mon grammaire francais, je parle mieux que j’ecris…et je travaille sans accent sur mon keyboard 🙂 Aussi, je nas pas toujour les mots de tricot en francais (ca viens…). “Franglais” est mon langue maternelle, lol!

Alors, tu vien de “emballer” (wrap) le point at le retourner a la gauche- Je pense ce que ca ces ou vous ete perdu.

Tu as encore 4 point a la droit que vous avez travailler avant le point “wrap”; Tu vas les retourner a la gauche aussi. La laine va etre entre le point “wrap “et les 4 point tricot sur l’aguille gauche. Fini etape 1.

Das la deuxieme etape, du vas faire une “i-cord” avec les 4 point (pas inclus le point “wrap”). La laine vas toujours etre en arriere du 4 point quand tu commence une nouveau ligne. Voila un video de i-cord simple:

Etape 3, Tu vas arrêtez avec le icord, ca reste a la droit. Tu vas travailler avec les point qui et encore a la gauche, pas faire “bind off”, mais sans utiliser la laine. Ca c’est l’interior du loop.

Etape 4, Tu va retourner les 4 point I-cord et faire une “I-cord bind off”. Ca attache le i-cord au bord entre les loop. Voila un video:

J’espere que mes instruction fait du sense. C’est important de faire chaque etape exactement comme ecris. Si vous avez j’amais fait une i-cord, il y a un moment “leap of faith”.

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