I-cord is a very useful technique. It can be used to create decorative effects or used practically as in belts and straps or even fingers for gloves.

It can be knit on a various number of stitches. The basic directions are the same.

The main difference for this knitting is that you do not turn to knit each row. Before knitting a row you slide the stitches back to the right end of the needle and knit the row from right to left, tugging slightly more on the first stitch to tighten the horizontal band that will form at the back. It is also useful to tug the knitting downwards to *set* the I-cord stitches into the tube shape.

3 stitch I-Cord.

  • Cast on 3 stitches using double pointed needles.
  • Row 1: Move stitches to the right side of the needle, ready to work. Pulling yarn tight, K3
  • Repeat row 1, without turning work, until desired length is reached.

Remember to tug slightly more on the first stitch to tighten the horizontal band that will form at the back. It is also useful to tug the knitting downwards to *set* the I-cord stitches into the tube shape.