HOW TO KNIT:

I-Cord Cast On

This is a decorative cast on which creates a lovely piped trim effect along the edge of your knitting. Use the I-Cord Cast On to cast on for any project to add a bit of extra polish.

Written Steps — for Circular Knitting

Pattern: Byssa

Steps:

  • Cast on 3 stitches using a Long-Tail Cast On.
  • *Slip 3 stitches to the left needle with working yarn in back, knit the first stitch front and back (keeping the first stitch firm but not tight for each row), knit 2.
  • Repeat from * until there are 2 more stitches than the required number of cast on stitches.
  • Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist your ring of stitches.
  • Slip 3 stitches to the left needle, knit 1.
  • Thread the tail from the beginning of the cast-on onto a tapestry needle and join the I-Cord ends together by grafting the next 2 stitches on the L needle to the cast-on row of the I-Cord.

Written Steps — for Flat Knitting

Steps:

  • Cast on 3 stitches using a Long-Tail Cast On.
  • *Slip 3 stitches to the left needle with working yarn in back, knit the first stitch front and back (keeping the first stitch firm but not tight for each row), knit 2.
  • Repeat from * until there are the required number of cast on stitches.

Practice this Technique

Byssa

Ribbed Tank

Treasure awaits in the tidepools. Like the shimmering ridges of a shell, intersecting angles of ribbing flow over the surface of Byssa. A curvaceous hi-lo hem in cropped or classic length rises in a graceful sweep to the gently scooped armholes and neckline. Craft a light-as-seafoam version in woolen-spun Loft, or capture the alluring flow of a wave with the refined drape of Peerie — an ideal layer for breezy beachfront strolls.

Featured Yarn

Arbor is a classic DK weight yarn with timeless versatility. American Targhee wool is worsted spun into a round and springy 3-ply yarn, perfect for crisp stitch definition and wear-everywhere knits. Skein-dyed in a painterly palette of solid colors.

Featured colors in this tutorial:

Klimt: The rich ochre gold of willow leaves in autumn. Inspired by the paintings of Gustav Klimt’s “golden phase.”

Mesa: The rosy pink of unfired terra cotta.

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