Loom Knit I-Cords

The following instructions came from one of my early tutorial files that were located in my original blog. You can find the file at this link.

I-cords on a loom Pin Me

I-cords are a great way to embellish your knitted items. I-cords can be used around necklines, hems, and around any flat item to add a little touch. My favorite use of I-cords are for bag handles as they are very sturdy and once felted make a very strong handle.

In this instruction pamphlet, you will learn how to make a 3-stitch I-cord on a knitting loom.

I would like to express my gratitude to Lori Lemieux for showing us how to make the I-cord on a knitting loom.

I-cords are very easy to do. All you need is a loom with 3 pegs for a 3 stitch I-cord, or 4 pegs for a 4-stitch I-cord.

3 stitch I-cord


  • Knitting loom with at least 3 pegs
  • Knitting Tool
  • Yarn


  • I-cord is knitted with the Flat Stitch
  • Knit refers to the flat stitch
  • Work the loom in a clockwise direction (right to left)

Set up row: Cast on 3 pegs.

Cast on for i-cord

Step 1: With working yarn coming from the third peg (figure 2), run the yarn behind the pegs to the 1st peg (figure 3).

I-cord from behind I-cord from behind 2

Step 2: Bring yarn to the front of the loom (figure 4), and knit the 3 pegs. Knit the 2nd peg first, then the 1st, last the 3rd. Tip: Pull on the cord every couple of rows to set the stitches.

I-cord front

Repeat steps 1 & 2 until the cord measures the desired length.

Bind off:
Cut yarn leaving a 4 inch tail

Step 1: Move the loop from peg 2 to peg 1. Knit over.

Step 2: Move the loop on peg 1 to peg 2.

Step 3: Move the loop on peg 3 to peg 2. Knit over.

Step 4: With working yarn, e-wrap peg 2. Knit over.

Step 5: Pull the last loop off the peg and pull on the yarn tail end.

Final Step: Hide the yarn tail end by using a tapestry needle.

Published by Isela Phelps

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