Knitting Belled I Cord

Pattern By: Amal Saleh

Aka: Purpleneedle

Introduction:

If you don’t have much of yarn for tassels or bom-boms, or you just dislike making them, here comes your salvation. Knitting a little bell at the beginning and at the end of the I-cord is functional, educational, easy and fun. It’s functional because it provides the weight and the neat finish for the I-cord. It’s educational because if you’re a beginner or a teacher, you can use this project to learn or teach different ways of increase and decrease without having to make a huge piece. Once you finish practicing your first Belled I-cord, you’ll find yourself looking for leftover yarn to make more of them. Perhaps you’ll start a list of where and when to use your new adventurous I-cords.

Skill Level:

Advanced Beginner

Finished Measurements:

Bell length-2″

Bell Circumference (after seaming) – 2″

I-cord Length – 14″

Tools:

DK yarn (or worsted)

2DPNs – Size US 3 (3.25mm)

Darning Needle

Yarn Cutter

Weight & Yardage:

5 Grams/11.8 Yards of Yarn Bee Sugar Wheel

Notes:

*This is a one-piece project. You’ll start with the first bell from down-up, followed by the I-cord then ending with the second bell from top-down.

*When you finish knitting this project, you’ll have two tails only. Use the tails and a darning needle to seam the bells closed and form the cone shape.

*You can use this pattern for any yarn weight and its compatible needles. I’ve used Yarn Bee Sugar Wheel Cotton, color Woodland.

*DPNs are the best for working I-cords because you can simply slide the stitches to the other side of the needle to start the next row. If you don’t have DPNs, you can use circular needles. If straight needles are your only option, you’ll have to slide the stitches to the right needle after working each row.

*If you find that knitting the I-cord fiddly, try using wooden or bamboo needles.

Abbreviations:

COCast On
DPNDouble Pointed Needle
KKnit
K1, K2,…Knit one stitch, Knit two stitches,…
K2togKnit two stitches together
KfbKnit the same stitch from the front leg and the back leg before sliding both stitches off the
needle
M1bMake one stitch below by lifting the front leg of the stitch below the stitch you intend to work and knitting one stitch off that leg, then knitting the original stitch. If you’re making one stitch below after knitting the original stitch, use the back leg of the stitch below the original stitch.
PPurl
P1, P2,…Purl one stitch, Purl two stitches,…
P2togPurl two stitches together
PfbPurl the same stitch from the front leg and the back leg before sliding both stitches off the needle
RRow
RSRight Side
SSKSlip the first and the second stitches knit wise then knit them together from the back loop
StsStitches
WSWrong Side

How To Knit The 1st Bell:

  • Leave 7” tail
  • Using long tail cast on technique, CO 15 Sts
  • R1(WS): P all Sts
  • R2(RS): K2, P until the last 2Sts then K2
  • R3(WS): P all
  • R4(RS): K all
  • R5(WS): P all
  • R6(RS): K2, K2tog, K until last 4Sts, SSK then K2 (total = 13Sts)
  • R7(WS): P all
  • R8(RS): K all
  • R9(WS): P all
  • R10(RS): K2, K2tog, K until last 4Sts, SSK then K2 (total = 11Sts)
  • R11(WS): P all
  • R12(RS): K all
  • R13(WS): P all
  • R14(RS): K2, K2tog, K until last 4Sts, SSK then K2 (Total = 9Sts)
  • R15(WS): P all
  • R16(RS): K2, K2tog, K until last 4Sts, SSK then K2 (Total = 7Sts)
  • R17(WS): P2tog until last stitch then P1 (Total = 4Sts)
  • R18(RS): K2, SSK (Total = 3Sts)
  • Start knitting the I-cord without cutting the yarn

How To Knit The I-cord:

  • Slide the 3Sts to the other tip of the needle
  • Bring the yarn forward and knit the first two stitches as usual
  • Knit the third stitch from the back loop
  • Keep repeating the above steps until you’ve reached about 14” or the desired length
  • Start knitting the 2nd Bell without cutting the yarn

How To Knit The 2nd Bell:

  • R1(RS): K2, Kfb (Total = 4)
  • R2(WS): Pfb until one stitch is left in the right needle then P1 (Total = 7 )
  • R3(RS): K2, M1b, K until last 3Sts, K1, M1b, k2 (Total = 9)
  • R4 (WS): P all
  • R5(RS): K2, M1b, K until last 3Sts, K1, M1b, K2 (Total = 11)
  • R6(WS): P all
  • R7(RS): K all
  • R8(WS): P all
  • R9(RS): K2, M1b, K until last 3Sts, K1, M1b, K2 (Total = 13)
  • R10(WS): P all
  • R11(RS): K all
  • R12(WS): P all
  • R13(RS): K2, M1b, K until last 3Sts, K1, M1b, K2 (Total = 15)
  • R14(WS): P all
  • R15(RS): K2, P until last 2Sts, K2
  • R16(WS): P all
  • Bind Off

Finishing:

  • Use darning needle and the tails to seam the bells closed. Pick up the ladders between the first two stitches and the last two stitches of each row for a neat finish.
  • Weave in and cut ends.

Enjoy 🙂

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