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Cro­chet i-cords

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Th­ese nar­row tubes of yarn aren’t just for knit­ters any more – it’s sur­pris­ingly sim­ple to make an i-cord us­ing a cro­chet hook, and there are loads of creative ways to use them in your projects (try form­ing your favourite words).

I-cords can ac­tu­ally be cre­ated us­ing all sorts of tools: a cro­chet hook, a French knit­ting dolly, a cir­cu­lar knit­ting nee­dle, dou­ble-pointed knit­ting nee­dles, or an i-cord-mak­ing ma­chine. Which­ever tool you use, the fin­ished i-cord looks the same – the only dif­fer­ence is the spe­cific tech­nique used with each tool, although they all in­volve pulling one loop of yarn through an­other loop of yarn.

RICH HIS­TORY

No one knows for sure how long i-cords have been around for – we know they were men­tioned in Vic­to­rian needle­work man­u­als, where they were called ‘stay lace’ and used to lace up corsets. Later, they were made us­ing a spool with nails in the top and called ‘id­iot cords’. Leg­endary knit­ter El­iz­a­beth Zim­mer­man rein­vented the tech­nique in the 1970s, sim­pli­fy­ing it for knit­ters and giv­ing it a more diplo­matic name: the ‘i-cord’.

In re­cent years, more and more cro­cheters have been mak­ing i-cords us­ing hooks and find­ing creative ways to use them in their projects.

St i Y a s r 3

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