My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Who Cords? Why, I Cord!

I have completed the applied i-cord neckband on the PiS sweater.

I did it thusly.

I picked up stitches all the way around the neckband and left them on a circular needle.

At the shoulder where the last picked up stitch is located, I use the working yarn to cast on three stitches on a double-pointed needle, and knit back those three stitches.

Then, start the applied i-cord.

Knit the first 2 stitches from the dpn onto a second dpn. Slip the third unworked stitch from the first dpn onto the second dpn, and slip the first unworked neck stitch from the circular needle next to the unworked stitch on the second dpn.

Using the first (now empty) dpn, insert it through the back loops of the two unworked stitches and knit them together.


Slide the three stitches to the other end of the dpn and continue to work i-cord rounds, working the last of the three stitches together with one stitch from the neck.

(If you don’t know how to make a “regular” i-cord you can find plenty of websites with instructions by doing a Google search).

Now for the neckband, one has to fudge to make it lie down properly. On the curved bits I thought I needed a bit of ease, so I worked a round here and there without attaching it to a neckband stitch. And on the straight bits, I thought it needed tightening up a bit, so every 6th round I worked the last stitch of the i-cord together with 2 neckband stitches.

Then when I finished, I sewed the ends of the i-cord together as neatly as possible. As it’s at the shoulder, it doesn’t really show much anyway.

And there you have it!


Lucy would like to point out to you that I sewed in the first sleeve as well.



Karen asked:
I love the colors for Amphora. Do they have names?

The Amphora colors are: Driftwood, Selkie, Limpet, and Mara.

Joan asked:
I have not knitted FI yet and I would love to knit Amphora (only four colors), but I am only 34 inches around the bust (if I stick my chest out). Wouldn’t 103 cm (40.5 in) be too large for me? I imagine it is written at such a small gauge that I would get carpal tunnel syndrome if I tried smaller needles. I would also probably like to have it shorter. Should I just pick out another, more suitable pattern?

Joan, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprisedat how a sweater with 6 inches of ease fits, unless you like your sweaters really fitted. I’m 36″ around, and I like a fair isle that’s just about 43″ around — leaves room to wear a cotton turtleneck beneath it (which I always do) without feeling stuffed into the sweater.

Try on a 40″ sweater and see what you think of the fit. You could easily go down a needle size. The pattern calls for a 3.25mm needle with the 2-ply Hebridean, but you could try swatching with a 3.0mm. It’s fine knitting, but not really tight, so you could do that without hand pain.

I also think you could successfully shorten it. The main pattern motif is 38 rows — you could eliminate 19 rounds — half a motif — or 38 rounds for a whole motif, depending on how much shorter you’d like it.

I may shorten it myself. ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Mary Lou in Central NY says:

    Your PiS sweater is looking great, Wendy! I have enjoyed your blog for about two months now (mid-Maximilian), and can’t wait for Amphora. Thanks to your toe-up sock pattern I have Regia #5268 on the needles and am also using an adjusted version of the short-row heel on a pair of worsted “Joan’s socks” I’m making for my husband. I think I hear the “Booga” bags calling as well!

    Another great source for the I-cord as an edging would be just about any of Eliz. Zimmerman or Meg Swansen’s books. I just finished a raglan cardigan and used I-cord for the entire edge-no worries about it being too tight.

    Thank you and all my fellow blog followers for a flame/b-tch-free blog. It is a true pleasure.

  2. Mmmm, I love me the look of the i-cord bind off. I’ve been using it for my booga bags – can’t get it in my head that, once felted, the stockinette won’t roll down so I go the extra mile. Of course, I can afford to spend the time doing that since I cheat and make my straps on the knitting machine…

  3. Wendy, thank you for the detailed explaination for attached icord. You make everything seem so easy.

  4. Beautiful applied I-cord tutorial…thanks! The finish is lovely, and I’m impressed that you found time to do it with your work situation. I hope this week is going more easily than you expected.

  5. Thanks guys!

    Lisa, today is the first one of a number of VERY IMPORTANT MEETINGS we are holding with members of our regulated community.

    I’m wearing my power suit today. If it had been a little cooler, I woulda worn Frogner. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. My thanks also for the attached i-cord demo. The sweater is looking great, your modifications are right in keeping with the spirit of the design. If I make the cardi I might use an i-cord border all the way around, rather than the ribbon. I guess you are not going to use a fabric facing, are you? Thanks for sharing. best to Lucy.

  7. Jenny (in Davis) says:

    yes, Wendy THANKS for the i-cord tutorial, once again you are so helpful to the rest of us.

    I finished my first opal socks! and they match! and I wore them to work and they didn’t fall down, thanks to your great pattern!!!!

  8. Wendy – another thanks for the i-cord tutorial. Now I need to find a project to try it on. A question about Starmore designs – do you ever have trouble getting guage? I don’t consider myself a particularly loose knitter, but I sometimes have to go down 3 needle sizes to get her guage. This has discouraged me from doing any of her FI’s because I just don’t look forward to knitting an entire sweater on size 0 needles – it hurts my hands! Even a size 1 or 2 makes a huge difference. Anyone else have the same problem?

  9. Thanks for the detailed i-cord tutorial. I much prefer the knitted i-cord detail than sewing on ribbon for the edging (besides, I’m a lousy seamstress…LOL) The sweater is looking fab, as usual ๐Ÿ™‚

    Since you’re having VERY IMPORTANT MEETINGS, will you be playing “Buzz Word Bingo” during them? If you want a copy, let me know and I’ll forward it to you.

  10. Ah PiS is just lovely as always.. (Okay, I know I say that everyday, but it’s true baby!)

    Count me in as a bad seamstress (well I’m okay when it comes to hand stitching, but I get crazy
    -in a bad way- with the sewing machine). I love the look of I-cord and it adds such a clean line to the sweater.

  11. What a beautiful way to finish the sweater and keep the focus on the gorgeous motifs and knitting! Can wait to see the photo of you wearing it…

  12. Thanks for the interesting info Wendy! I’ve never done an I-cord edging but I really like how it looks.

  13. Wendy, PiS is gorgeous…and thanks for sharing the I-cord edging…..beautiful.
    Sue in Florida