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

Isela Phelps is author of the Loom Knitting Primer series. She maintains this blog to post some of her knits and loom knits. The blog includes tutorials, videos, free patterns, and some other random bits of her life.