I-Cord Knitting Patterns
If you’re looking for the most portable, stash-busting, easy project, then I-cords are for you. Knitting i-cords only uses two double-pointed needles (no knitting in the round though!), scraps of yarn (for most projects), and knit stitches, usually only a few per row. But what do you do with them after you knit them if you aren’t attaching them to a purse or booties? Here are several great ideas.
How to Knit I-Cord
Here’s a link to a short video and i-cord tutorial from Annie’s.
And if this is too slow for you, I have links to some innovative i-cord tools below that are still portable!
To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.
These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.
All links on this site are for informational purposes, but please note that some links are to affiliate sellers that pay me a small commission on purchases.
Free Knitting Patterns
Loopy I-Cord Pompom
This fun loopy pom-pom made from an i-cord is a unique topper for any hat or for a gift. Instructions are for small 2.25” (5.75 cm) and large 3.25” (8.25 cm) size pom-poms. One standard (90 yard) mini skein of sock yarn makes 2-4 pom-poms. Designed by Xandy Peters
Friedrich I-Cord Shoelaces
Berroco Design Team created this design for i-cord shoelaces.
Ocean Photo Frame
Kathryn Williams designed this DIY frame that’s a frame mat decorated with i-cord.
Salihan Laugesen offers a tutorial and templates for these cute quick coasters.
I-Cord Earmuff Headband
Penolopy Bulnick’s headband is made of three cords – two are swirled into buns to make the earmuff parts and the third is used to connect those buns and make it a headband. She used a French Knitter to create the i-cords but you can knit them by hand.
Rainbow Smile Necklace
This easy and fun necklace by Vicki Brown is constructed with a few i-cords that you can knit or crochet, plus a few jewelry supplies.
Kimberly Golynskiy designed these sandals as part of a thesis project to upcycle plastic bags. Size shown is for 12-18 months but is easily customizable. They are designed for plarn but could probably be adapted for other yarn.
11 Intelligent Ideas for I-Cord
Jessie Ksanznak created this photo tutorial with lots of useful suggestions for using i-cords such as shoelaces, curtain tiebacks, package ribbon, belts, and more.
I-Cord Arm Knit Cowl
No needles? No problem! Arm Knit your i-cord with three strands of multi-colored and contrasting yarn to get this cowl from Yarnspirations with an almost jewelry-like look.
I-Cord Knitting Machines
If knitting i-cord by hand is too slow for you, try these innovative machines for making i-cord quickly and easily. You can even create super and mega bulky yarn from i-cords that you can use for fast or gigantic knitting.
These tools known as Knitting Mills, French knitters, knitting dollies, or knitting nancies, easily create i-cord either by turning a handle or manually making the loops.
Patterns for Purchase
One of the patterns in Knitting Rugs: 39 Traditional, Contemporary, Innovative Designs. Great for stash busting or multi-color yarn! See gallery below for some of the patterns in the book. Available in Kindle and Paperback (Prime available).
Wildflower Necklace Kit
Knit a necklace of fabric yarn with braided i-cord in about an hour. Patterns included for braided and sailor knot necklaces. Choose from 4 fabric options for the kit (options available are different than pictured projects by designer.)
Boho I-Cord Bracelet
A charming little wrap bracelet with a rustic flair and just the right amount of femininity.
Martha Lazar was inspired by Early American braided rag rugs when she designed these colorful home accessories that use braided i-cord instead of rags. Designed originally as potholders, you can knit them smaller to make coasters or much larger to make a rug!
This ingenious multi-strand accessory can be worn many different ways. Mix and match strands for different outfits.
Terry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!