Crochet i Cord: 7 Simple Steps

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What Is an i-Cord?

A crochet i-cord is a simple stitch that is essentially a tube or tiny cylinder of crochet with no seams.

Crochet i Cord is a one of many ways of crocheting cords.

By using this method, you can create cords in any color, thickness, and length you desire. In this tutorial I will show how to make 3 stitch i-cord crochet. This is the base. Later on you can adapt it the same way, making it thinner or thicket.

This process is simple and fast, and the results are stunning. You can use crochet i cord to make bracelets, necklaces, belts, straps, lanyards, and more.

How To Crochet an I-Cord?

Crochet i-cord free pattern below.

Written Instructions

  1. Chain 3
  2. Put the crochet hook in 2nd chain stitch, yarn over, pull through. You have 2 loops on the hook.
  3. Put the crochet hook in 3rd chain stitch, yarn over, pull through. You have 3 loops on the hook.
  4. Drop 2 loops from hook. Hold dropped loops with left hand not to loose them.
  5. Yarn over, pull through remaining loop on hook. 1 loop on the hook.
  6. Insert hook into first dropped loop (middle one), yarn over and pull through. 2 loops on the hook.
  7. Insert hook into 2nd dropped loop, yarn over and pull through. 3 loops on the hook. 
  8. Repeat steps 4 – 7. t for desired length of I-cord.

Finishing i-cord

Cut yarn, leaving a long yarn tail. Yarn over and pull end through all 3 loops on the hook. Secure and weave in ends.

To make 4 stitch i cord chain 4, pull out 3 loops. You will have 4 loops in total. You will drop 3 loops.  We use 3 and 4 stitch i cords the most.

It is possible to crochet 2 stitch i cord too. Same way, you will have 2 loops and dropping only 1 stitch. 

Don’t go too wide, dropped loops will be difficult to handle and you may lose them. If you need wider cord, go with a single crochet (sc) tube.


 Crochet i Cord Video

If you are visual learner, this short video tutorial will put everything together.

Crochet i-cord In Pictures

how to start i cord
Finishing a crocheted i-cord
3 stitch crochet i cord


Crocheting an i cord is a great way to make straps, ties and other details to your crochet projects. If you want to learn more about crochet, be sure to check out other tutorials:

Incomplete Double Crochet

Standing Double Crochet

How To Crochet a Flower for Beginners


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