Learn how to knit I-cord
In this tutorial I’ll share written instructions, photos, and a video to teach you how to knit I-cord. Knit I-cord is a thin tube of knitting that can be used as a cord or string in your knitting and other projects.
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What materials are needed to knit I-cord?
The list of materials is simple and short. You need yarn and knitting needles.
I used Universal Yarn Uptown DK, a premium 100% Acrylic yarn in a 3/light/DK weight. The dark green yarn you see here is #113 Root.
Ideally, you will use double pointed needles (DPNs) to knit I-cord, but if you don’t have them you can use straight or circular needles instead. It will go a little slower with straight or circular needles, but it’s still doable.
I used 8 inch nickel plated DPNs from KnitPicks. I have a set that includes 6 sizes from US 4 (3.50 mm) to US 9 (5.50 mm).
What can you do with knitted I-cord?
There are many knitting projects that use I-cord. I have one free pattern that uses I-cord, the little drawstring bag seen in the photos in this post. Any knitting project that uses a drawstring, like bags, pants, or skirts, could use I-cord.
Here are few other project ideas that use I-cord:
How to knit I-cord written instructions
Let’s go through the process of knitting I-cord with written instructions and photos. At the end of these written instructions I will share a tip about knitting I-cord with straight or circular needles instead of DPNs. Then, I’ll share a video with you after that.
First, you will need two double pointed needles of the same size. For the DK weight yarn that I used, I used needles size US 6 (4 mm).
With one of the needles, CO 3 stitches with your preferred cast on method. I used a long tail cast on. You can also make I-cord with 2 or 4 stitches, but 3 is common.
After casting on, slide those 3 stitches to the right side of the DPN. Then knit all 3 stitches.
Once you’ve knit all 3 stitches, they will be on your right needle. Slide them to the other side of the needle and change hands so that you are back to Figure 1, above, and ready to knit the 3 stitches again.
You will never turn your work. This way of knitting means that you are actually knitting in the round, but because there are so few stitches involved you can do it this way instead of needing to use the typical methods of knitting in the round.
You will keep repeating these steps over and over to knit the I-cord: knit all 3 stitches, slide them to the right side of your needle and switch hands, repeat.
If you are working with straight or circular needles instead of DPNs, you won’t be able to slide the stitches across the needle and knit them from the correct side.
Instead, after you knit the 3 stitches, slip them back onto your left needle one at a time, keeping them in the same order. Then you are ready to knit them again.
How to knit I-cord video
Would it help you to see this process in action? Watch the video below to learn how to knit I-cord with video help.
And now you have learned how to knit I-cord! I hope you found this tutorial helpful and that you have been successful at knitting I-cord! Please share photos of your progress and your projects with me! You can share on Instagram and tag me, or you can join my Facebook group and share there.
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