How to Knit an I-Cord With 8 Stitches

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Knitting an I-cord with 8 stitches requires the careful use of a double pointed needle. Find out how to knit an I-cord with 8 stitches with help from the owner of a specialty yarn store in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Kamille Bauer, and I'm here in my yarn store, Kamille's - Where Friends Wind Up, in West Jordan, Utah, and today I'm going to show you how to knit an eight stitch I-cord. When you knit an I-cord you're going to be on a double pointed needle. I've casted on eight stitches, and you're going to knit your first row just like a regular row. Once you get to the end of the row, here's where the technique comes in. So at the end of the row, you're working yarn is at the bottom of your double pointed needle and instead of turning like you would to work your next row, you're going to leave it at the bottom, you're going to slide those stitches up to the top and strand the yarn from the bottom to meet the front stitch and you're going to knit regular, and since this is how to knit an eight stitch I-cord, I'm knitting eight stitches. Now I-cord, the I in I-cord is actually stands for Idiot Cord meaning an idiot could knit it, but it actually is kind of tricky until you see it and it's a lot easier once you see it. So again, we're at the end of the row, our working yarn is on the bottom and we're going to strand up to the top and knit our eight stitches again. So we're always looking at the right side of our work. The I-cord is going to create a tubing, oh and great for handles, great for stocking hangers, embellishments. So again, I just finished the row, my working yarn is at the end, I'm going to slide it up my double pointed needle and that's when you would continue to bring the working yarn to the top and work another row. You can see the stranding along the back and that's what the backside will look like, because it's an eight stitch I-cord, you will see some of the stranding along the back but the purpose is to create a nice firm secure handle and you can see here I do have, if you pull it, this is the backside, so you can see the stranding but the front creates a nice firm hold and the purpose of an I-cord, so like here's another one, this is a smaller I-cord but you can see it does create a tubing effect which is really durable and strong for holding or using as purse handles. So, I hope this answered your questions on how to knit an eight stitch I-cord. Have a good day.

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