Tips & Tutorials

I-Cord Tutorial

A knitted i-cord can be used in a variety of ways and is a very easy technique to learn.

Using two double pointed needles, cast on the number of stitches required (usually from 3 to 5 stitches). In the example below, there are a total of 3 stitches.

Knit across the stitches, then, instead of turning the work, slip the stitches to the other end of the double pointed needle, keeping the right side facing.

Carry the yarn at the back of the work and pull tight at the end of each row by pulling the working yarn and the tail at the cast on edge at the same time, being careful not to pull too hard as this may result in breaking the yarn.

Continue knitting in this manner until the desired length is reached. Cast off as usual or cut the yarn and draw through the stitches tightly.

Here are a couple of examples of how to use an i-cord:

MurisKnits Friendly Folk Elves – the i-cord is used as a casing for the body, legs and arms:


MurisKnits “Flower Mittens” – the i-cord is used to create a flower motif to decorate the finished mitten:

Patterns for the Friendly Folk Elves and the Flower Mittens are available on my Ravelry and Etsy stores.

Have fun experimenting and creating your own i-cord designs!


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