Knotted Coasters and Trivets
Knotted Coasters and Trivets

Ever get obsessed with something? I-cord was the topic for me a few months back. A simple little tube, yet so many possibilities: drawstrings for bags and booties, edgings for sweaters and cowls, button loops, …  and MORE!

End result of obsession? New patterns for you in Creative Knitting Presents Just in Time Knits and a series of 3 1-hour Market Session classes that will debut at STITCHES West in Santa Clara this coming weekend.

Yards of plain Stockinette I-cord are knotted with sailors’ knots to form the coasters and trivets you see above; a tutorial I wrote is included to lead you through the knotty bits (ha. ha.). The necklaces below are also embellished with knots, and if you like, you can up your I-cord game by using stitch patterns.

Look interesting, but you have no idea how to make I-cord? If you’re heading to STITCHES, the Market Session series begins with an Introducing I-Cord class on Friday afternoon, then continues with Jazz Up That I-Cord and I-Cord on the Edge on Saturday.

One last shameless plug, though this one is not for me! If you’re looking for other things to do with these and other types of cord, check out Kellie Nuss’s Almost Instant Necklace Scarf Market Session, which just happens to be right between Jazz Up That I-Cord and I-Cord on the Edge on Saturday’s schedule (no, that wasn’t planned or anything… ;).

Addendum to the Post

In my writing and teaching, it is always my intent to share information: to excite, empower and inspire readers and students about the topic at hand.

I research and read, I experiment, I synthesize, and then present curated content to the reader and student. It is not my intention to claim credit for invention, but merely to spread knowledge.

While my class handouts always list resources for the student to consult for further study, the article published in Creative Knitting did not have space for such attribution, being only a two-page spread. Herewith, I present the list of relevant resources, exclusive of the ones that did not add to knowledge already gained.



Epstein, Nicky. Knitting Over the Edge
Hershberg, Betsy. Betsy Beads
Hiatt, June Hemmons. Principles of Knitting
McEneely, Naomi. Compendium of Finishing Techniques
Phillips, Mary Walker. Creative Knitting
Thomas, Mary. Mary Thomas’s Knitting Book
Zimmerman, Elizabeth. Knitting Without Tears, Knitting Workshop, Knitting Around




Belash, Constantine A. Braiding & Knotting
Budworth, Geoffrey & Hopkins, Richard. What Knot?
Budworth, Geoffrey & Hopkins, Richard. What Knot?
Collingwood, Peter. The Techniques of Ply-Split Braiding
Owen, Roderick. Braids: 250 Patterns from Japan, Peru & Beyond


  1. I’m afraid I don’t understand what you are referring to as being her “original designs.”

    If she has done anything similar to what I did in these patterns, I’m not aware of it. I’ve seen some of the patterned I-cord used in borders in her “Edge” stitch dictionaries. But patterned I-cord is not unique to Nicky’s work (cf Elizabeth Zimmerman!), so… what are you referring to?

  2. The common practice among designers should be to respect each others hard work? I wonder how Nicky Epstein would feel to know that a fellow designer couldn’t give a little credit to her original designs? By the way, it doesn’t take a “good eye” to recognize something so obvious. As for the article, it said very little with lots of words. You should give credit where it is due as a common practice.

  3. These are Nicky Epstein’s original cord stitch designs and her name is not mentioned any where. They are copyrighted do you have permission to use them….if not what you are doing is very wrong.

  4. Hi Beth,

    I am a bit confused with the Bandana Cowl Crop Top. I am knitting it and the way I read the pattern all the decreases are on the same side so both armhole facings are on the same side so if I look at the back with armholes on each side the back stitches are going across but the picture looks like the back stitches are going up and down. Please help!! Did I mess up or are both armholes on the same side?


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