25 Creative Projects Using I-Cord

The Eternal Question - What Can I Do with All of this I-Cord?

Knitting i-cord can be a relaxing, almost therapeutic, pastime. Before you know it, you might be drowning in yards upon yards (okay that might be an exaggeration) of cord in varying lengths, width, and weights. What can you do with all of that gorgeous, yarny potential?

I have asked myself that question so many times that I decided I had to do some research to collect all the ideas I could, put them in one convenient place, and organize them for easy use. So that's what I did here. Whether you knit it, crochet it, make it on a knitting nancy, your fingers, a lucet or some other method, you've probably fallen in love with a yarn and wound up with extra i-cord. So I'm sharing this collection of web-based tutorials for how to use i-cord with you. I hope you find some inspiration like I did!

Each photo on this page is credited to its source. This photo of a scarf I made is my own.

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Tree Garland
Tree Garland

Think Outside the Tinsel

Make memories this year by knitting your own (heirloom) garland. Knit lots. Load up your tree with the color(s) of your choice. Make it cute! Create a conversation piece.

Involve Children - Children can be great knitters, and they'll remember the time you all hung out and knitted that garland together.

To learn more, visit Wee Folk Art and their Tree Garland tutorial page.

To Wear

Felted Bangles
Felted Bangles

Felted I-Cord for a Different Feel

Have you ever noticed that i-cord projects can look like i-cord projects? They can be pretty easy to pick out for people who have ever done spool knitting or anything similar. Felting changes everything!

For example, I have made spool knit necklaces with wool and loved the results. I stitched beads to the ends to dress them up and the results are lovely. I really like knitting with wool and I love the look of it when it's felted.

Another great example is Live in Art who created these beautiful felted bangles and has shared a tutorial with us that takes us through the whole process from knitting to felting. I can tell you that I will be making many of these for myself and for gifts!

To Use

Never Lose or Tangle Your Earbuds Again

Earbuds cover
Earbuds cover

This is more than just a craft. It's a crafty solution to a problem that anyone who has ever used earbuds has had. Tangled earbuds can be frustrating as they knot themselves up right after you set them down. The rubber coating sticks to itself making it that much harder to untangle. And that's all if you can find them.

I-cord to the rescue!!!

BeeClef, a contributor on Craftster, provides a video tutorial of how to make this earbud cover with the yarn and color(s) of your choice.

My only regret... it's a knitting needle tutorial and doesn't use a spool knitter. I may have to learn to make i-cord with knitting needles just so I can do this.

Home Decor

Better than Store Bought

Imagine you have found pillows at a local shop and they're the perfect color, but they're still a little plain. How could you spruce them up? How could you make them pop while keeping them comfortable to use?

I-cord is the answer!

Nicky Epstein from Vogue Knitting provides three great pattern ideas to dress up plain pillows and make them really something special.

I love how these three pillows come together as accents!

Fun Critters

Knotted Dragonfly
Knotted Dragonfly

Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better (with I-Cord)

Not only do I love dragonflies, I love that this pattern sets me free in a whole new realm. What do I mean, you ask? It never occurred to me that anything I can do with paracord, I can also do with i-cord.

There are tons of patterns out there for paracord - from bracelets to things like this cool Knotted Dragonfly.

So when I'm done here, I think I'll be off to look up more patterns for paracord to make using i-cord.

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My Favorite I-Cord Knitting Tool - A Knitting Nancy

While other people may find knitting or crocheting quicker and easier, I lack the finger coordination to do either one particularly well. That's why I love my knitting nancy.

Knitter's Pride Laminated Wood Knitting Dolly
Knitter's Pride Laminated Wood Knitting Dolly

There are a lot of knitting nancys out there. None of them are as pretty or feel as good in the hand as this one. I love the smooth finish on the wood and the open loop design of the pegs makes it easy for beginners and experienced knitters to grab the next stitch. This is my favorite knitting nancy by far.


I-Cord... Fast!

Caron Embellish-Knit! Machine Kit
Caron Embellish-Knit! Machine Kit

If you're interested in knitting your i-cord fast, this is the tool for you. It calls for sport weight yarns and knits a 4-stitch i-cord. I have seen one in use, and it really is quick and relatively easy to get set up and knitting. So if speed is your goal with a nice even product, the Caron Embellish Knit Machine is for you!


I hope you found some inspiration for what to do with i-cord! - Let me know your ideas with a comment. 7 comments

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SusanDeppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

Cool crafts!

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Craftymarie 2 years ago

I like the idea of decorating a Christmas tree with this, great ideas :)

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Heidi Vincent 2 years ago from GRENADA

Great i-cord ideas!

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jennabee25 2 years ago from PA

I actually use them to make jewelry!

erleneamat 2 years ago

This is another neat craft that I haven't heard of. I like the use of this on pillows. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

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favored 2 years ago from USA

I never thought about making crafts like this until I saw your title. The dragonfly craft is cute and I can see how you can use this idea for making tons of things.

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AcornOakForest 2 years ago from Western Wisconsin Author

@favored, I'm so glad you found some ideas you liked. Hopefully this collection inspires some of your own too!

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