Crochet Stitch Tutorials

How to Crochet an I-cord: Crochet Stitch Tutorial

You guys are going to love today’s stitch tutorial. I’m going to be showing you all how to crochet an i-cord! This stretchy, sturdy cord might just be your new go-to crochet accent. It’s super easy and super fun, so let’s get to crocheting!

About the Crochet I-Cord

As I mentioned, the crochet i-cord is really easy. To complete this technique, you really only need to know how to chain and slip stitch. There’s just a few simple steps, and what you’ll end up with is a tube-shaped cord. It’s got great stretch and its exceptionally sturdy. One thing I recommend for crocheting an i-cord is to go down a hook size or two. By doing this, you end up with a slightly more dense cord.

The crochet i-cord is perfect for bag straps, drawstrings, jewelry, or even to hang wall-hangings from. I used this technique in my new Crochet Wrap Bracelet. I also used it as the drawstring cord for my Ocean’s Breath Yoga Bag. My first encounter with a variation of stitch was when I joined the Brownwyn Shawl CAL by TLYarncrafts and Furls Crochet last year. You can check out my finished shawl project here!

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. To begin, chain 3.
  2. In the second and third chain from your hook, pull up a loop. You should now have 3 loops on your hook.
  3. Without pulling them out, slide the 2nd and 3rd loop off of your hook. It is helpful to hold the base of those two stitches to keep them in place.
  4. Next, you will slip stitch in first loop.
  5. Then, insert your hook back into 2nd loop, and slip stitch again.
  6. Insert hook into 3rd loop, and complete one more slip stitch.

Repeat Steps 3-6 until your i-cord is as long as you need it. Be sure to periodically stretch it before checking your length. When you have crocheted a long enough i-cord, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on your hook, then chain 1 and fasten off.

Video Tutorial

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed learning this technique today. I bet you’ll be adding a crochet i-cord to all your projects now. To follow along with more of my crochet fun, check out my Instagram page @craftingforweeks. And I’d love to see what you use your i-cords for, so be sure to tag me in all your fabulous projects!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!



I'm a stay-at-home mom of 3 little ones that loves to create with yarn. I design crochet patterns, and create tutorials for fun crafts.

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