Using I-cord to create ties is a fairly common way to close knitted bags or add a decorative edging to a garment. But Donna Yacino’s Sweetgrass Shrug, an elegant cropped cardigan that’s knit seamlessly, uses a different way to close the fronts.
This type of tie is called a braided tie, but it’s not braided in the way that we think of braiding hair, where you have three separate lengths that are woven into each other. This tie simply uses one strand of yarn to create a braided effect.
You can practice working this technique on any scrap yarn you have available. Give yourself a good length of yarn to work with—maybe 24″ for your practice tie. Make a slip knot in the middle of the strand.
Figure out which end of the yarn allows you to slide the slip knot, and which end does not (this is the beauty of slip knots). Make sure that end of the yarn is on the left side, and place the loop of the slip knot on your left index finger. With your right index finger, draw the right end (the end that will slide) through the loop on your finger, forming a new loop. Shift the loop to your right index finger, and pull the sliding yarn through the new loop.
It sounds a little crazy when you’re reading the instructions, so we made a quick video to demonstrate how to work the braided ties for Donna’s Sweetgrass Shrug.
What other kinds of decorative edges do you like? Alison Green’s Malaga Tank, also from Berroco Portfolio Volume 3, uses a crocheted edge to add decoration at the hems. Let us know about your favorite decorative edgings in the comments!