What sort of i-cords can I make?
Here’s a glimpse of what’s possible with i-cords.
In this guide, we’ll show you two methods for making i-cords: using a crochet hook and using an i-cord-making machine. Each method creates the same finished i-cord, but each one has pros and cons.
An icord-making machine usually has four hooks and it can only create one size of i-cord. With a crochet hook you can create various sizes, from two to four loops. An i-cord-making machine only works on smooth yarns with no fuzzy fibres (such as cotton), from 4ply to DK in weight. With a crochet hook you can use any yarn, although novelty yarns will be trickier to work with. In terms of speed, a machine will always win!
On the right is a range of i-cords made using various methods and yarn weights (all using four loops) to give you an idea of the variety you can achieve.
The narrow grey length at the top is a fine mohair that’s been hooked by hand.
The pink i-cord below the grey is a cotton DK and was made using an i-cord machine.
Next, the beige length is cotton 4ply that was also formed by machine.
The sky blue i-cord is a chunky cotton that was hooked by hand.
Finally, the purple length is a fluffy novelty yarn and it was also worked by hand.
Once you’ve made your i-cord, there are so many different ways you can use it. Start with a simple idea, such as a drawstring or strap (like Becky Skuse’s stripy bag strap on page 83). Then try using i-cords to create motifs, decorations and even to write out pictures or words on your projects – we’ve made a length into the word ‘crochet’ above! You can also use them to make arms and legs for toys, and even mats and rugs by looping them into flat shapes – such as circles, ovals, squares and rectangles – and stitching them together to form a solid, stable piece.
Once you’re more confident, you can use i-cords in garment-making as closures or to edge a hem (known as an applied i-cord). The possibilities are endless.