Step By Step Tutorial: I-Cord Tab Cast On

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My Tagetes Shawlette begins with an I-Cord Tab Cast On, but it's slightly different than the usual one that's recommended for shawls. (I feel like this method is easier, but I may be biased. ^_- )

This tutorial will cover how I make my I-Cord Tab so that you don't have to pick up as many stitches as you're casting-on. The instructions listed below are easy to use for any other pattern that calls for an I-Cord Tab Cast On as well so it's a good technique to try out. You never know when a new skill will come in handy!

Supplies Needed:

  • Yarn

  • Appropriately Sized Knitting Needles

Featured Yarn in this Tutorial:

Biota Yarns' Rural; 100% Naturaly Dyed Targhee Wool (fingering weight)


I-Cord Tab Cast On:

I-Cord Tab Cast-On Tutorial

Step 1. Cast on 3 stitches. Turn.

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Step 2. Knit across. Turn.

I-Cord Tab Cast-On Tutorial
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Step 3. Knit front & back in the same stitch, knit 2. Slide 3 sts back to left needle. Don’t turn.

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Step 4. Repeat Row 3 until you are 3 stitches short of the total amount of stitches needed for your pattern. Turn.

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I-Cord Tab Cast-On Tutorial

Step 5. With yarn held in front, slip 3 stitches, purl across. Turn.

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I-Cord Tab Cast-On Tutorial

Step 6. With RS facing & starting at the st furthest away from your live sts, pu 3 sts from right edge. Work Row 1 of your pattern excluding the first 3 knit sts.

Continue working pattern as instructed.

Try It Out!

It's best to put a new technique into practice right away so that you can remember it in the future. Here are some of my patterns that use an I-Cord Tab Cast On.