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.

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