Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Knitting Help - I-Cord

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There are about a billion uses for i-cord, and if youve never worked it before its

kind of confusing. But I think its called i-cord as short foridiot cord”. [laughs]

It was Elizabeth Zimmermann who gave it that name.

And this is what it looks like. You can make it different widths by using more stitches

or fewer stitches.

This is a 4 stitch i-cord. Im going to show you how to work it.

You have to use double-pointed needles for this.

And you can cast-on 4 stitches. The cast-on is the same as what I have going here in the

work, so, its really nothing different.

Im going to, um, let me show you how this is going.

My working yarn is coming from this stitch here, but Im not going to turn the work.

Im going to slide the stitches over, the working yarn is coming from the wrong side.

And Im going to knit across the row, pulling that first stitch tightly.


Okay, I finished that row, my working yarn is coming from the last stitch there, Im

not going to turn the work. Im going to slide the stitches back over there to the

other end.

Pull that first stitch tightly, because its coming all the way from over here to the first


Now, my working yarn is here, not turning the work, sliding it over to the other end.

And thats the pattern.

As I do it, I usually give it a good tug, and that helps even the stitches out so that

there is no gapping on the back of the work.

And thats i-cord. Easy as can be.


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