i-cords: my enemy, my love

jessemkahn's picture

so, anyone have some hints on how to produce loads of i-cords without going absolutely stark raving mad?

i've got a scarf i'd like to make, but it calls for 9 72" strands of i-cord. i was swatching, got through with less than 4", and already thought i might have to drive the DPNs through my wrists.

quick? easy? mechanized (shhh).


Just a suggestion; but, you can often buy a plastic I cord maker in hobby stores. You load the yarn, and hand crank until you get the amount of I cord you want. I never looked at them too closely, so maybe someone else knows more abou them.


vsidart's picture

I have one. It actually works pretty well, but needs a DK or lighter wool....
Also the "french knitter" works pretty well for heavier weights, but I'm inclined to agree with "just buckle down and do it...." I did a 25+' afghan in under 2 days once I got the hang of it.
Good luck!
AND.... I'd be REALLY interested in seeing that pattern you're doing!

WillyG's picture

Hm. Don't hate me...but get your yarn and your needles, and sit down with some good movies. Alternatively, sit down with some friends. I find when I'm at knitting circle, I hardly mind anything.

What is this scarf??? I would like to see how these I-cords are being implemented. Sounds interesting.

rvicarus's picture

I love my i-cord crank do-hickey. I often use it to finish up odds and ends of yarn to tie-up their matching item when gifting... Or I've used the resulting cord to knit with as well.

But I don't mind doing it by hand either...

Zilla's picture

Bond has a couple different I-cord makers. I have used mine to do from sock weight to 4 ply. Of course the heavier the yarn the slower you go with them but they are a life saver when doing yards and yards of I cord.

jessemkahn's picture

thanks for the thoughts, boys.

i have two 'plastic do-hickey' machines, but neither of them seems to work as well as i wish they would. tensioning and skipped stitches are always bringing out the GRRRRRRrrrr in me. but i'm going to do some more tests with them. if that doesn't work, i'll take my medicine and just do it by hand.

here are two links: the first is from ravelry (i can't say i'm a fan of the colors chosen, here) and the second is from the original fashion show that inspired the ravelry post (much better colors and delicious eye candy models to boot!):


rjcb3's picture

Do I sound old when I say: "I can remember when it was called 'corkwork'?"


MMario's picture

spool-knitting. Idiot cords.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

rjcb3's picture


That's how Grama taught my brother and I. She hammered four bradnails into a wooden spool (do they make wooden spools anymore?) and away we went with some scrap yarn and a darning needle.

...then, after they opened the shop, they had the Susan Bates plastic ones with the little steel pick...and all of us kids had brown paper shopping bags filled with it. It made a nice warm braided rug.


jessemkahn's picture

not so much old as odd. corkwork? never heard the term! ;-)

scottly's picture

Just get into the Zen of it.

leon's picture

Time to break out the "Knitting Bee"!

I love the scarf. I think I am going to have to try it. It might be the perfect travelling project... I could get all set up on the "knitting bee" and then sit merrily (if somewhat brainlessly) churning out i-cords while in transit... and I am guessing (and hoping) that airport security won't be too bothered by my happy little Bee and a plastic crochet hook.... but I could be wrong.

He nui nga mea e taea ana e te mahinga tahi, e kore e taea takitahi.
Co-operation can accomplish many things which no individual could do alone.

HuskerChub's picture

A knitting machine will make yards and yards and yards of icord in minutes. That's the only way i'll do Icord.