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.
Have you ever wondered what to do with i-cord?
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.
And for the other seasons of the year...
- Valentine's Day Heart Wreath (Sweet Yarns)
Learn about how to create a heart-shaped frame for your i-cord to follow. This page also includes ideas for embellishments too.
- St. Patty's Four-Leaf Clovers (radmegan)
I have never tried fork knitting, but it sounds easy and I look forward to trying it to create these quick and easy four-leaf clovers (or I might just use the old tried and true method of spool knitting).
- Brain Hat for Halloween (No Business Like Sew Business)
It's a brain hat, that looks like brains! Do I need to say more? I love this pattern and while it will take time, it is pretty simple and straightforward.
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!
- I-Cord Bracelets (Cut Out and Keep)
Three strands of i-cord in complementary colors tied together with a clever embellishment... these are beautiful! Scroll down on the page for the full tutorial.
- Easy I-Cord Headbands (Cut Out and Keep)
This sweet simple project will have little girls in matching headbands for a long time.
- Garment Edging (Yarnings)
Fairly self-explanatory, this page shows how i-cord can be used for garment edging and beautiful button loops.
- Clever Cuff Bracelet on a Homemade Knitting Loom (CraftyPod)
Find instructions for how to make your own knitting loom (a larger version of a french knitter) and create a cuff bracelet in no time.
- Spool Knit Inifinity Scarf (AcornOakForest)
Learn how to make an infinity scarf (like the one in the intro photo) with three possible ways to finish it.
Never Lose or Tangle Your Earbuds Again
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.
- Pencil Cozies (Studio Knit)
Pencil cozies are cute and can really be a help to children or adults who have difficulty gripping a narrow pencil. Check them out for a quick and easy video tutorial.
- Round Coasters (All Free Knitting)
These Homey I-Cord Coasters follow a simple round pattern and making a cozy looking set.
- Knitted Coaster Shapes (Salihan Crafts)
Get outside the round for coasters! This tutorial shows you how to design your own shapes (leaves, hearts, and more) for coasters made with i-cord.
- Mug Cosy (Instructables)
And to keep your mug warm to go with all those coasters, here's a cute and clever pattern for a mug cozy that buttons onto the handle so it stays in place. Super cute!
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!
- Braided i-cord rug (Simply Playing)
Take your i-cord, braid it, and make a traditional braided rug. This tutorial will get you there with photos and brief explanations.
- Chair Pad (Leftover Knits from Morehouse Farm)
Did you know you could knit with i-cord? Or weave with it? You could choose to do either or both to create a soft, comfortable chair pad. Check out the detailed tutorial here.
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.
- Sally the I-Cord Snake (Just Be Crafty)
Sally the i-cord snake is cute with a flat head, bright eyes, and a little red tongue. A quick fun project!
- Caterpillar & Butterfly (Parenting Fun Everyday)
This cute caterpillar and butterfly tutorial can also be a teaching tool for talking about the transformation of these beautiful creatures.
- Cool Lizard (Instructables)
I think my favorite part of this i-cord project is the giant eyes. There's a lot to love about this cool lizard!
What will you be making with your i-cord?
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.
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.
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!