If you knit, you may be familiar with the process of knitting an I-cord, which produces a tight, firm cord, useful for drawstrings, ties on hats and more. Unfortunately, crochet doesn’t really have an equivalent cord technique. Of course you can always create various forms of a chain stitch string to use as a cord, but if you want something a little thicker and more decorative, this technique may prove useful.
How to Make the Cord
In order to start the cord, chain 2 and work 3 single crochets in the first chain. This will give you a base to get started. Now working in the back loops only and starting in the first of the single crochets just made, work a stitch (slip stitch, single crochet or half double crochet) in each of the three stitches, do not join. Working in the same fashion continue to work stitches around until the cord is the desired length. At this point you may fasten off and sew up the open end.
The cord will appear slightly different based on the stitch you use, as shown in the picture below.
What difference does it make what stitch you use?
That’s it, it’s that simple! I hope you’ve enjoyed learning this technique and will find many ways to use it in your projects!
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