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I'm going to show you how to make an Icord.
For this you're going to need double pointed needles. So, I've got four stitches cast on
to this double pointed needle.
For the first row, I'm going to knit them like normal, one, two, three, four, now if
I were going to knit this in rows I would then turn it around and do something on the
However, do not turn it around, what you're going to do is, you're going to slide it with
the same face facing you to the other end of the same needle and insert this needle
and knit the four again. But, this time, your yarn is going to be coming from the fourth
stitch instead of the first stitch where it should have been coming from had you worked
at the back.
So, again, knit one, two, three, four, do not turn, do not do anything just slide it
down, switch the blank needle to your right hand and knit the four again.
So, when you pull the yarn from that fourth stitch around to knit the first, what you're
doing is sort of, making a little tube. That's why it's called a cord. And, here it is again,
there's the yarn coming from that fourth side, you're going to pull it tight here when you
knit the first stitch, which then sort of pulls the back together and makes it round.
And the I in Icord, short for idiot, which is no longer really proved terminology, but
the idea behind idiot cord was that this was so simple that anyone could learn it. So,
if it's confusing you, don't worry, just practice you will get it. Finish the row, slide it
down, I'm showing you on bulky yarn but you could use any size yarn and really any number
of stitches up to a point. Smaller numbers of stitches are what we usually see.
That's an Icord, there's the back, there's the front, it's nice and round. But, an Icord
by itself is only so useful, there's a way to do an attached Icord. I'm going to show
you here on this piece of garter stitch. So we've got garter stitch in the middle with
attached Icords on the side which is a little more complicated.
So, here I am working across one side of my garter stitch and I've got a three stitch
Icord on both sides. So, because I want the yarn to be coming from here, when I knit that
stitch on the other side, I'm going to pass the yarn to the front and slip these three
Then when I turn it around I'm ready to knit this first stitch with the yarn that's coming
from over here. So, I'm going to knit nice and tightly, two, three and that sort of pulls
these three stitches around to make an attached Icord. Let's just shoot over to the other
side and see if we can do it over there.
You can do attached Icords on the bottom brim of hats, on the cuffs and necklines of sweaters,
you can do them hanging down from earflaps as low tassel holders. So here we are.
Now this time, what we're going to do is we're going to leave the yarn in the back and we're
going to slip these three stitches over and we're going to purl these stitches so that
we can maintain the stockinette stitch of our Icord and the yarn is coming from here
which is good, that means it's going to pull this closed.
So this time, we're going to purl three with the yarn coming from all the way over here,
but working the first stitch. And then I'm going to move the yarn and continue to knit
my garter stitch. I'm just going to pull this stockinette tube shut and I'll be working
this one as illustrated before.
So that is how to do an attached Icord.