I-Cord Knit Tool: Everything You Need To Know

Let's rewind to last November. It’s a Friday night, I'm cozied up on the couch with a glass of wine in hand, knit-flixing while mindlessly scrolling on my phone. Suddenly a video pops up featuring someone’s hands wielding an intriguing tool I had never seen before. Cue the gasp heard 'round the living room! I just had to find out what the deal was with this mystery gizmo.

Lo and behold, it was an I-Cord tool! Here’s the original video that got me hooked (pardon the pun).

With my curiosity piqued, I shared it, asking if anyone knew what it was called, or where I could get one. Naturally, I had to get my hands on every single one of them to see what all the fuss was about.

Fast forward two weeks, and there I was, surrounded by a growing collection of I-Cord makers. Being the DIY enthusiast that I am, I couldn't resist the urge to make one myself. So, this winter armed with polymer clay, latch hooks, and a trusty pair of bolt cutters, I created my very own I-Cord tool.

So, what is I-Cord?

Let me tell you about what this nifty little tool makes: I-Cord! Ta-da!!

But what is I-Cord?

It's a round knit tube that can be made with as few as 2 stitches. You can use knitting needles, a spool, a loom, or a crochet hook tool to make it. But if you want to speed up the process, I highly recommend getting (or making!) an I-Cord maker. This handy little gadget is like a miniature knitting machine. In fact, it is made with knitting machine needles!

How do you use an I-Cord tool?

Just grab your yarn and let the I-Cord knitter do its magic. With an ergonomic handle, designed to be comfortable to hold for long periods, this tool is the perfect support for your knitting projects. This video shows you how to cast on, work with the tool, bind off, AND fix mistakes!

SPOILER ALERT Lola's Choice members: I'm wearing one of the May '24 Lola's Choice designs in this video, so if you want to wait to be surprised wait to watch it until after your kit lands!


Another use is an attached I-Cord edging, which is a lovely way to finish off the edge of a knit.

Things you can make with an I-Cord tool:

The possibilities are endless with this sweet little tool for creating knitted cords. Whether you’re using chunky cotton or fine wool, this easy-to-grip gizmo will have you churning out cords in no time.

Whether you're cinching up a hand-knit bag, threading through the casing of a hoodie, or rocking it on its own as stylish jewelry, I-Cord adds both functionality and flair to everything. But its uses don't stop there! I’ve even seen people creating art with wire and I-Cord.

You know I’ve figured out how to incorporate beads into my I-Cord!

The May Lola’s Choice kit played with beads and an I-Cord Tool. I'm in LOVE with Cuentas Collar!

Woman wearing Cuentas Collar

Check out Cuentas Kit (available in 8 colors)!

Cuentas Collar in process
I used one of my Kairos Cuff Kits to make a beaded I-Cord cuff wrap.

I also used my I-Cord maker and a kit to make a Lolanyard that gets attention whenever I wear it.

Where can I get an I-Cord tool?

Can I make my own? 

YES, with polymer clay and 3 (or more) knitting machine needles! During one of my monthly YouTube lives, I walked through the process of crafting your very own I-Cord tool in real-time. Check out my supplies list, step-by-step instructions, and handy tips to create this super useful knitting accessory.

I-Cord Tool Supplies (affiliate links)

You can also get Latch Hooks from The Knitting Closet.

If you want a faster version... watch this video.

Have a 3D printer (or access to one)? I hear there are plans. Check out these ones on Printable! The Bambu Labs app also has a plan if you are working with one of their printers. Or check with your local library, they may have a maker space with 3D printers!

Where can I buy one?

Cordsmith from ByAutumn

With a nice big plastic handle and standard gauge latch hooks this tool is great for small and medium gauge yarns. It’s smooth, well-designed, and fits in your hand nicely.

Three Stitch I-Cord Tool by Cranky Spinster

With angled fine latch hooks, this handy tool produces smaller cords. The wooden handle is as comfortable as it is beautiful. It works best with sock-weight or lace-weight yarn.

Cordy by Kris Basta on Etsy

This one has a functional wooden handle, and standard gauge latch hooks a wide variety of yarn weights. It’s easy to use and comes in a few different colors.