I am sure that I just invented a new thing in knitting! Knitting is THOUSANDS of years old, and there are no new things in knitting. 🙂 I cord is a case in point. It’s invention is credited to Elizabeth Zimmerman but written directions for I cord can be found in books from the 1800’s. It simply had another name, fell out of fashion and was forgotten.
This evening I knit 4 stitch I cord. I did it in stripes and had the yarn travel. I didn’t want to keep cutting the yarn each time I changed colors and then have all those ends to weave in. So when I changed colors I just dropped the color I was using and picked up the next color. At the end of each row I twisted the color I wasn’t using to be sure it was inside the tube when the when the “closing” stitch came around. This sounds simple but requires much more coordination than knitting regular I cord. Now that I’m two-thirds of the way done I’ve gotten the hang of it, but I’m not anxious to do this again. The crucial things are; I do not have ends from color changes to weave in and all of the traveling yarn is enclosed inside the I cord.
Knitting I cord with only one strand of yarn is much easier. Check out my How to Knit I cord for tips. The yarn used in that project was variegated so it gave a stripe effect with no extra effort! Once you master that you can move on to Traveling with I cord.