An i-cord can be used to add detail to a soft toy. I used it for the antlers on my reindeer ornament and the stems of the daffodils. It can also be used for the ties on baby and children's hats.
You knit an i-cord with 2 double pointed needles. Note: You are NOT knitting in the round. You still knit flat but use both pointed ends of the needle and slide the knitting from one end to the other as you knit each row.
Instructions are for right handed knitters.
1. Cast on 3 sts
2. Do NOT turn your work. Instead, slide the stitches to the right hand end of the needle and pass it into your left hand.
3. Take the yarn across the back of your knitting, hold taught and insert your right hand needle into the first stitch ready to knit.
4. Knit across all 3 stitches.
5. Pass the needle back into your left hand and slide the stitches to the right hand end of the needle
6. Keep repeating steps 3, 4 and 5, remembering to pull the yarn taught after each sliding action. This pulls the stitches together across the back to make a round cord.
Gently tug on the bottom end of the cord every few rows to even out the tension.
7. When your cord is the desired length, knit the 3 stitches together. Cut yarn and secure. Use a tapestry needle to bury the cut end in the middle of the cord.
8. Have fun making your i-cords!!