How to Knit an I Cord

How to Knit an I Cord

How to Knit an I Cord

May 2, 2014 | Skills | 2 Comments

When it comes to knitting sometimes the most simple things can be the most stylish. And, friends, for me the I Cord is just that. Knit in lightweight yarns for a slinky and delicate touch, or pick out a chunky yarn and make a real statement – just like Jessica Biscoe did when she created this beautiful Triangle Motif Knitted Throw, now tell me that isn’t perfect…you just can’t!

The I Cord is one of this things that until you start knitting it sounds a little bit mind boggling. I mean its a complete cable created of consecutive stitches, worked on straight needles, without a seam. Withcraft? Black magic? Nope. It’s surprisingly simple – check out this How to Guide for Knitting I Cord...
Icord 1Grab your supplies…
You will need a ball of yarn in your chosen colour and weight – it’s not rocket science, the chunkier the yarn the chunkier the cord.
A pair of double pointed needles – pick the right size for your yarn as suggested on the yarn ball band!
Tapestry needle – for finishing those loose ends!
This How To Guide uses Standard Knitting Abbreviations!
Icord 2Begin by casting on your desired number of stitches – again the more stitches the larger the cord, with light weight yarns you will need to keep the stitch count fairly low in order to create a tight rope of knitting. It’s common to work with between 3 and 6 stitches – here I’ve cast on 5sts.
Icord 3Knit all the stitches to the end of the (very short!) row.
Icord 4Now, don’t turn the work around – this will create just a straight knitted strip – instead, slide the stitches to the other end of the needle. See – this is why you’re using double pointed needles!
photo 5Now, knit those stitches! When you insert the needle into the first stitch to be knitted, you’ll see that the yarn is drawn across from the other side, it is this that pulls the knitting together at each side of the (very short) row and creates a cord. Give the yarn a little tug when creating that very first stitch on each new row, this helps to bring the cord in neatly and tightly. And, guess what? Slide that completed row to the other end of the needle and repeat!
Icord 6Continue working back and forth on these stitches, always sliding the work to the opposite end of the knitting needle at the end of each row.
Icord 7Before you know it you’ll be getting into a nice little rhythm, knitting a mini row, sliding to the other end of the needle and knitting the next row – also, this neat little knitting technique grows pretty fast too, which is super satisfying! When you’ve knitted the length that you want, simply cast off and weave in those loose ends – Tah Dah!
Icord CompleteKnitted I Cords are so simple and so stylish, they can be looped and stitched into flowers, woven and braided into jewellery or worked into edging and finishing garments – what will you use your I Cord for?


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    Julie

    May 2, 2014

    a great i cord tutorial! I love icord for drawstrings in knits, sometimes for little spaghetti straps on tanks, too.

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