I-cord is a fun, easy way of knitting a tiny tube that can be used for everything from jewelry to toys to edgings. If you’ve never tried it before, it’s not as intimidating as you might think!

Step 1

Step 1
Start by casting on the required number of stitches. If you’re just testing out a new technique, 3 and 4 are the most common numbers to cast on. The example photos are a 3 stitch i-cord. Knit to the end of the row.

Step 2

Step 2
Switch the finished needle back into your left hand, with the most recently completed stitch (and working yarn) at the bottom of the needle.

Step 3

Step 3
Pull the working yarn, still attached to the bottom stitch, up to where you normally hold your working yarn. Knit the first stitch on the needle. All other stitches on the needle will be knit normally.

Step 4

Step 4
When you reach the end of the needle, switch hands and repeat the process. The first stitch of every row will be knit with the working yarn pulled up from the final stitch of the previous row. This pulls your fabric back in on itself and creates a tube. When your i-cord is long enough, bind off as for flat knitting.

Yes, it really is that easy!

3 responses to this post.

  1. Taught a friend how to do an i-cord last year. She made a long one to stitch onto a bag in the name of her grand-daughter. What fun!


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