I-Cord, I-Cord, I-Cord

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