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How to Knit I-Cord

Materials Needed

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  • Double pointed or circular needles
  • Yarn of your choice
  • Yarn Needle or Crochet Hook to weave in the loose ends when you're finished
  • Scissors
    Note: The example shown is using size 3 DPN's (double pointed needles) and fingering weight yarn

I-cord is a narrow tube that is knitted. It can be used as a tie for clothes (such as a hat), edging for a garment, blanket or other project, or as an applique. This example uses double pointed needles, but you can also use a circular needle to make an i-cord.

To make the i-cord, begin with the desired amount of stitches. In this case, we'll use 4 stitches. Using double pointed needles, knit a row. Slide the row to the other end of the needle rather than turning your work.

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Continue knitting in the round. This will encase the wrong side within the i-cord itself.

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If you want to attach your icord to something, knit all the i-cord stitches to the row except for the last one. Then knit a stitch on the garment, or if there isn't one, pick up one, and pass the slipped i-cord stitch over the garment's stitch. Then, as you would in a standalone i-cord, slide the stitches over and continue knitting the i-cord in the round, picking up more stitches on the garment as you go along, as needed.

If the i-cord is small, you can clip a yarn tail, pull it through the remaining loops, and pull tight, weaving the yarn end into the i-cord. If it's a larger i-cord for, say, a purse strap, you might want to try another technique such as a 3 needle bind off.

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