There are about a billion uses for i-cord, and if you’ve never worked it before it’s
kind of confusing. But I think it’s called i-cord as short for “idiot 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. I’m 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, it’s really nothing different.
I’m going to, um, let me show you how this is going.
My working yarn is coming from this stitch here, but I’m not going to turn the work.
I’m going to slide the stitches over, the working yarn is coming from the wrong side.
And I’m 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, I’m
not going to turn the work. I’m going to slide the stitches back over there to the
Pull that first stitch tightly, because it’s 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 that’s 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 that’s i-cord. Easy as can be.