Well, I did it. The Grey Ghost (better known as the Neck-Down Wrap Cardigan) is finally done. I wove in the last of the ends on the train home from knit night last week, and this sweater is a beaut. It hugs in all the right places and camouflages any sins (hello, muffin top caused by summertime pulled pork sandwiches).
The pattern itself was a walk in the park – top down, simple kfb increases, stockinette for miles, then a quick pick-up garter-stitch border. The only thing I was concerned about was the I-cord tie at the end. I’d never done it before, and I tend to get anxious about new techniques.
Turns out that knitting’s own patron saint, Elizabeth Zimmerman, discovered this simple technique quite by accident. And it’s so easy that, well, an idiot could do it. I discovered this when I checked out The Purl Bee‘s easy-as-pie I-Cord tutorial.
On this sweater, the I-cord creates a lovely, delicate tie that winds around the back and cinches the front closed. It helps the sweater fit your curves and, because you can tie it as tightly or as loosely as you like, it’s adjustable (depending on just how many pulled pork sandwiches you want to eat).
So now that I’ve perfected my cord-fu, I think I’ll whip my leftover bits and bobs up into some creative I-cord accessories, such as:
- a lanyard for my pass card at work
- a stripey mug cosy for my favourite coffee cup
- a funky bracelet that features a pretty button in my button jar
- a dragonfly using traditional Chinese knots
- a headphone cord cover for my always-knotted earbuds
- a set of cute shoelaces for my Converse high-tops
- a handy eyeglass chain that’s almost kinda hip
- a pretty headband to keep the flyaways down
- a mod necklace, with or without beads
Seen any other cool I-cord projects? Let me know in the comments. I have a lot of leftover yarn to use up!