What Is An I Cord In Knitting?

An I-cord is a small tube of knit fabric, typically used as a decorative edging or trim. It’s easy to knit an I-cord using just a few basic stitches, and in this blog post we’ll show you how!

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What is an I-cord?

An I-cord is a small tube of fabric, often no wider than a few stitches and usually knit in the round. It’s often used as an embellishment on hats and sweaters, or as a way to make straps for bags. I-cords can also be worked flat and sewn onto projects for a decorative touch.

How to knit an I-cord

I-cords are very simple, yet versatile knitting projects. They can be used to make handles for bags, ornaments, or even jewelry. I-cords can also be sewn together to create blankets, throws, or other larger projects.

To knit an I-cord, you will need a small amount of yarn and a set of double-pointed needles (DPNs). You can also use a circular needle, but DPNs are simpler to work with when first starting out.

I-cords are worked in a small tube, so they need to be knit in the round. To start, cast on the number of stitches you need for your project onto one of your DPNs. For example, if you are making an I-cord handle for a bag, you would need to cast on about 10 stitches.

Once you have your stitches casts on, divide them evenly among your three DPNs. You should have an odd number of stitches on each needle so that the beginning and end of your round are at the same needle.

Now it’s time to start knitting! Start by knitting the first stitch on your left needle as normal. Then, instead of taking the stitch off the needle as you usually would, leave it there and knit into the back loop of the second stitch on your left needle – this will twist the stitch and help close up any holes in your I-cord fabric (see photo below). Now you can take the first stitch off your needle.
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Uses for I-cords

I-cords can be used for a variety of purposes in knitting, including:

-Drawstrings for hoods or bags
-Cords for beading projects
-Edging for garments or blankets
-Ties for plushies or other toys
-Decorative elements on hats, mittens, or other accessories

I-cords are also sometimes used to create short rows in knitting, which can add shaping to a project.

I-cord variations

An I-cord is a tube of knit fabric that is usually used as an edging or embellishment on a knitted piece. It can also be used to make handles for bags or purses, or even to create an entire garment such as a sweater.

I-cords are typically made with two double-pointed needles, and they can be worked in a variety of stitch patterns. The most common way to make an I-cord is to knit all stitches in one direction, then slide the work back to the beginning of the needle and knit the stitches again. This causes the I-cord to curl in on itself, creating a tube shape.

I-cords can also be made with multiple colors, or with varying textures such as ribbing or cables. They can be worked in the round or back and forth on straight needles.

There are many variations on the basic I-cord, and the possibilities are limited only by your imagination!

Tips for knitting I-cords

An I-cord is a small tube of knitting that is often used as a decoration or for edging. It is quick and easy to knit, and can be worked in any size yarn.

To knit an I-cord, you will need a pair of double-pointed needles. Cast on the desired number of stitches onto one needle, and then slide all of the stitches to the other end of the needle so that they are close together.

With the working yarn still attached to the needle, knit all of the stitches as usual. Once you have worked one row, do not turn your work. Instead, slide the stitches back to the other end of the needle and knit them again. Repeat this process until your I-cord is the desired length.

I-cords can be used for a variety of projects, such as straps for bags or handles for mugs. They can also be sewn together to create a variety of textures and patterns.

How to finish an I-cord

An I-cord is a tube of fabric that is typically used as a decorative element in knitting. It can be used to edge a garment, make a drawstring for a bag, or create a strap for a hat. I-cords are usually made with two double-pointed needles, but they can also be made with circular needles.

To make an I-cord, you will need to cast on the desired number of stitches onto one needle. For example, if you want to make a 1” wide I-cord, you would cast on 4 stitches. Once the stitches are cast on, the needle is then inserted into the first stitch on the left-hand needle as if to knit it. However, instead of knitting the stitch, the yarn is wrapped around the right-hand needle and pulled through as if making a knit stitch (this creates one loop on the right-hand needle). Next, the original stitch is slipped off of the left-hand needle (this leaves three stitches on the left-hand needle). *Now, without turning the work, slide all of the stitches to the opposite end of the needle so that the working yarn is at the back of the work. Insert the right hand needle into the first stitch on the left hand needle as if to purl and pull through (one stitch will now be on the right hand needle). Again slip the stitch off of
the left hand needle and slide all of stitches to other end of needle.* These two steps constitute one row and are repeated until desired length is reached. To finish off, cut yarn leaving a 6” tail and thread through all remaining loops. Draw up tight and secure.

How to bind off an I-cord

An I-cord is a narrow tube of knit stitches, usually worked on double-pointed needles. It can be used as a decorative edge or as a ties for a garment. To bind off an I-cord, simply knit two stitches together as if to bind off normally.

I-cord edging

An I-cord is a type of edging that is often used in knitting. It is made by knitting a small, narrow tube of fabric using two double-pointed needles. I-cords can be used to finish the edges of a garment, or they can be used to make decorative embellishments.

I-cord projects

An I-cord is a small tube of knit fabric that is formed by working stitches on double-pointed needles or on a circular needle. It can be used to create a variety of projects, including decorative edges, straps, and handles.

To make an I-cord, you will need a small amount of yarn and either double-pointed needles or a circular needle. To start, cast on the desired number of stitches using the long-tail method. Next, knit the stitches until you have a length of cord that is equal to the desired finished length. Finally, bind off the stitches and weave in the ends.

I-cords can be made in any yarn weight and with any type of needle, but they are typically worked with worsted weight yarn and size 8 (5 mm) needles. The gauge is not critical for this project, so you can adjust the needle size to obtain the desired results.

I-cord projects are often very quick and easy to complete, making them ideal for last-minute gifts or other items that need to be completed quickly.

I-cord resources

An I-cord is a narrow tube of knitted fabric that is produced using only two double-pointed needles. It is formed by knitting a small number of stitches onto one needle, then sliding these stitches to the opposite end of the needle without turning the work. This process is then repeated to produce a tube.

I-cords can be used for a variety of purposes in knitting, such as piping, cords for bag handles, or as edging for garments. They can also be used to create decorative elements on their own, such as tassels or fringe.

When working an I-cord, it is important to keep the tension even so that the resulting tube is not too loose or too tight. Depending on the thickness of the yarn being used, it may be necessary to use a smaller needle than the one typically used for knitting with that yarn.

There are many helpful resources available online for those who want to learn more about working with I-cords. Ravelry, an online community for knitters and crocheters, has a searchable database of patterns that use I-cords. KnittingHelp.com also has a helpful video tutorial on how to knit an I-cord.

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