I-Cord Knitting


Let’s Learn to Knit an I-Cord

Do you use I-cords in your knitting? If not, have you been curious to try?

I love using I-cords, either as drawstrings (such as in the Les Petites Choses Drawstring Bags), or as decoration.  One fun and simple decoration example is the Faire les Marches Cloche.

I-cords are surprisingly simple to learn, and make a relaxing, meditative knit.  I sometimes save I-cord detailing for when I have a (rare) quiet moment to myself.  Aw, quite and relaxing knitting – the best!


So, How to Knit an I-Cord?

Let’s start with a 2-Stitch I-Cord, which is worked over 2 stitches (surprise!).  To set up, cast on 2 stitches using your favourite cast-on method.

To work a 2-Stitch I-Cord, follow these 3 easy steps:

▪️Knit 2.
▪️With the working yarn held in back, slide these two stitches to the other end of the needle. This was your right-hand needle, and now it’s going to be your left-hand needle. We’re doing a little switcheroo here, to keep knitting while maintaining the yarn in back.

I also have a video tutorial of the 2-Stitch I-Cord here.

Give a try, and let me know how it goes.  I can’t wait to hear about your I-Cord knitting adventures!

Photography by Piotr Angiel