How to crochet an i-cord with Kath Webber
You don’t have to know how to knit to make an i-cord. In this step-by-step tutorial, independent crochet designer Kath Webber shows you how to make a jumbo i-cord necklace.
Why should knitters have all the fun? I-cords are a great way to use up scrap yarn, and making a necklace from recycled t-shirt yarn is the ultimate upcycle. Once you’ve mastered the i-cord you’ll have loads of fun creating chunky necklaces, fine cords for drawstrings or even bag handles — it’s even suitable for beginner hookers. Why not try using three strands of chunky yarn to create a multi-coloured extravaganza?!
You will need:
– Approx. 5m of jersey yarn, such as Hoooked Zpagetti Solids in Super Pink (74)
– 2 x 25mm wooden beads
– Notions: scissors, large-eye blunt needle
– Optional: leather crimps, jump or split rings, clasp
How to make an i-cord necklace:
1. Leaving a long tail of around 30cm, make a slip knot.
2. Make 3ch (3 loops on hook).
3. Pop your hook into the 2nd ch along, wrap the yarn round the hook (YRH), and pull back through the chain – there are now 2 loops on your hook.
4. Repeat step 3 once more in the remaining ch. There should now be 3 loops on the hook!
5. Gripping tightly with the thumb and forefinger of your yarn hand, slip the first 2 loops off the end of the hook and hold on tight – you don’t them to unravel! There is 1 loop remaining on your hook.
6. Make 1ch into loop on hook.
7. Slip the 2nd loop back onto the hook and make 1ch. (2 loops on hook)
8. Slip the final loop back onto the hook and make 1ch. (3 loops on hook)
At this stage it might be a good idea to pull the tail tightly to even out any unsightly bumps from the slipknot. Keep tension consistent – either tight OR loose to ensure a neat finish. You can weave the tail into the centre of the knot to make it more central too.
Repeat stages 5, 6, 7, & 8 fourteen times more to get an even i-cord curve.
1. Wrap YRH, draw through all 3 loops on hook tightly.
2. Cut the yarn, again leaving a 30cm tail, and pull through loop to fasten off.
Lastly: thread a bead onto either end of i-cord section to cover slipknots.
If using crimps, try the necklace on around your neck and cut ends to size. Add crimps to both raw edges, jump rings and clasp using fine jewellery-making pliers.
Otherwise, just tie a bow to fasten – luckily this necklace stretches over even the largest of heads! It also makes an ideal teething necklace for baby mamas – try using soft beads for baby to chew on. And the necklace is machine washable in case of baby dribble!