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.
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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
Yarn and Hooks
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.
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.
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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