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.
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.
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