Slip as if to purl at end of row help please

I am making a baby pilot cap from Little Turtle Knits that for several rows ask you to slip the last three stitches off as if to purl. It says "this will give you the i-cord trim to keep your edge from curling.

I don’t get it. When I slip the last three stitches my knitting yarn is three stitches back when I try to go the other direction. What am I not understanding??

Please help! I’m stuck at the 5th row of the project.


Yes, the yarn will be three sts back when doing this, because you’re doing your i-cord trim as you knit rather than separately and attaching it.

It’s not a mistake, so just go with it!

Thanks for responding but how do I go with it? Do I skip those stitches? Knit them together? Knit each one? I don’t have a clue.

When you turn to knit in the other direction, you knit them one by one, just like any other sts. Unless, of course, your directions tell you to do something else with them, which I’m assuming not. Keep your yarn tight when bringing it over to knit the first st or it will be too loose, but otherwise, treat them as regular sts.

You might like to see how to do an i-cord in the videos just to get an idea what the pattern is aiming for. It’s at the bottom of the page in the “Tips” section of the videos tab at the top of this page.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!