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How to crochet an I-Cord

An I-Cord is a crochet or knit tube that is made up of a few stitches worked in a continuous round.

Crocheting a thick I-Cord is very easy and can be used for a variety of purposes. It is also possible to vary the number of stitches to adjust the thickness of the cord.

This tutorial contains a photo tutorial for crocheting a 3 stitch I-Cord.

This tutorial also includes a video tutorial (scroll all the way to the bottom of the page) for crocheting a 3 stitch and a 4 stitch I-Cord.

This is a 4 stitch I-Cord that is crocheted with the Bernat Home Maker Dec Yarn in the Color Red.

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What is a crochet I-Cord used for

I-Cords have multiple uses, they can be used to make:

  • Drawstring cords for bags like the one in the picture below
  • Closures for hoodies
  • Closures for handbags
  • Ties on hats
  • Jewelry such as a bracelet, an anklet or a necklaces
  • Edging for crochet projects
An easy Tunisian Crochet backpack that is made with the Bernat Home Maker Dec yarn in colors Black and Red. It features 2 easy to crochet I-Cords that are used as drawstrings for the bag. This is a free crochet pattern on the KnitterKnotter blog and includes the crochet cord pattern.

Yarn and Hooks

In this tutorial I’ve used the Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn with the Clover Amour Hook in size 6 mm to crochet my I-Cord.

I have also used a Clover Amour Hook in size 2.25 mm to use as a stitch holder in the second version of this tutorial.

This is a crocheted 4 stitch I-Cord that is made with the Bernat Home Maker Dec yarn in the Color Red.

Pattern

Scroll down for the free tutorial for making a 3-stitch and a 4-stitch I-Cord.

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How to make a crochet I-Cord – Photo Tutorial

This photo tutorial will walk you through how to make a crochet I-Cord with 3 stitches. There are 2 versions that are explained here and I prefer the 2nd one where we use another hook (or a stitch holder) to move the stitches over instead of just removing them from the working hook.

There are 2 crocheted I-Cords in colors Black and Red made with the Bernat Home Maker Dec yarn and a Clover Amour hook. The black one is a 4 stitch I-Cord and the red one is a 3 stitch I-Cord that is still a work in progress.

Step 1: Start with a chain 3.

Step 2: Insert hook into the 2nd chain from the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. [2 loops on the hook]

Step 3: Insert hook into the 3rd chain from the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. [3 loops on the hook]

Step 4: Remove 2 loops from the hook. [1 loop on the hook]

Version 1 of Step 5: Pick up every loop removed from the hook in reverse order and pull up a loop in each one of them. I recommend holding all removed loops with your hands until they are picked up again so that you don’t lose them.

Scroll down for a second version of Step 5 that utilizes another hook to make an I-Cord. I recommend using another hook  to hold the stitches since I find that it is much easier to make and I-Cord that way.

Step 5.1: Yarn over and pull up a loop. [1 loop on the hook]

Step 5.2: Pick up the 2nd loop that was removed from the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. [2 loops on the hook]

Step 5.3: Pick up the 1st loop that was removed from the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. [3 loops on the hook]

Version 2 of Step 5: This step demonstrates how another tool like a crochet hook (or stitch holder) can be used to make an I-Cord. This is exactly the same as the earlier version of Step 5 mentioned above except that the loops that are removed from the hook are held on another hook (or stitch holder) so we don’t lose them while making the I-Cord. I find that it is much easier for me to make an I-Cord this way.

Step 5.1: Pick up the two removed loops with another hook.

Step 5.2: Yarn over and pull up a loop. [1 loop on the hook]

Step 5.3: Pick up the 2nd loop that was removed from the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. [2 loops on the hook]

Step 5.4: Pick up the 1st loop that was removed from the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. [3 loops on the hook]

Step 6 onwards: Repeat Step 5.

Last Step: To end the I-Cord, yarn over and pull through all three loops on the hook.

It is possible to make a 2 stitch I-Cord

Yes, it is possible to make a 2 stitch I-Cord. It is made in the same way as this tutorial explains, the only difference will be that the starting chain will have 2 chain stitches instead of 3.

How to make a 4 stitch I-Cord

The construction of a 4 stitch I-Cord is very similar to the 3 stitch I-Cord explained above. The only difference is that we start with a 4 chain instead of a 3 chain. The video tutorial includes instructions for making a 4 stitch I-Cord.

Video Tutorial (3 stitch and 4 stitch I-Cord)

Right Handed Video Tutorial

Left Handed Video Tutorial

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How to crochet an I-Cord Tutorial by KnitterKnotter. 

There are 2 crocheted I-Cords in colors Black and Red made with the Bernat Home Maker Dec yarn and a Clover Amour hook.

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Maggie

Saturday 25th of June 2022

Arunima, I am so impressed with your every effective and explicit ways that you present your tutorials! Your photos are large; the explanations for each photo are precise and definitely easy to follow. I am so in love with your presentations! From the bottom of my heart--thank you!

Arunima

Wednesday 29th of June 2022

Hello Maggie, I am so glad to hear this! Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a message :)