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I-Cord Tutorial: How to Make and Use the I-Cord

Hi everyone, I’ve got a really quick, but really useful I-cord project to share with everyone today.

If you’re not familiar with the crochet I-cord, you’re in for a treat. It can be used for so many purposes, you’re only limited by your imagination.

It can be used for purse or bag straps, waist ties, headbands, straps, ropes, drawstrings and probably a dozen more you could share with me. My husband even loves them for outdoor projects and camping.

For this project, I used Ice Yarn’s Organic baby cotton in #3 DK weight yarn with a 3mm hook. You can use anything you like though, it really just depends on the type of project you want to make.

Making an I-chord is a perfect beginner project and it doesn’t require a ton of fancy yarn.

If the I-cord isn’t tickling your fancy this week, I think I have a few more you may enjoy. Check out these patterns below.

  1. Crochet Crop Top Sweater / 2. Over Size Crochet Top / 3. Drawstring Pom Pom Bag

Stitches Used & Code

  • ch = chain
  • YO = yarn over hook

This I-cord can be made larger by adding more chains in the beginning but the most common way is starting with three chains, which I will show today. Feel free to experiment though, since it’s only a one row repeat it’s easy to start over.

The first few rows will seem awkward but keep going, as learning the I-cord could make a lot of your future projects much easier. If you’re struggling, there will be a video tutorial below to help you along.

Crochet I-Cord Instructions

Row 1 : ch 3. Insert hook into second ch from hook, YO pull up a loop. Insert hook into next ch, YO pull up a loop. Insert hook into next ch, YO pull up a loop. Total of 3 loops on hook ( Check picture below )

Row 2 : Remove two loops on hook ( Make sure not to lose them ). With remaining loop on hook, YO pull up a loop. Insert hook into next loop, YO pull up a loop. Insert hook into next loop, YO pull up a loop. Total of 3 loops on hook ( Check picture below )

Repeat row 2 for remainder of project.

The last row of I-Cord : With 3 loops on hook, YO pull through all the loops on hook then ch 1 to secure. Cut the yarn and weave all the ends. That’s it! YAY 😁

Congratulations, you have your first i-cord! You’re going to find so many creative ways to make use of them, I hope you tag me when you come up with something new and interesting.