Chair Pad knit with I-Cord
A MOREHOUSE MERINO ORIGINAL PATTERN
about 12” x 12”
DK or worsted weight yarn, 6 to 10 oz, depending on size of chair
Sample is knit with Morehouse Merino 3-Strand
Double-pointed #7 or #8 for I-cord
Single point #17 or #19 to knit pad with
There is lots of cool stuff you can make with knit I-cord. You can knit or weave cord into rugs,
bathmats, exercise mats, bicycle seat covers, and chair pads. Use sport-, worsted- or DK-weight
yarn and knit I-cord loosely (use a needle two or three sizes larger than you’d normally use for
yarn weight). Store finished cords until you have the right yardage for a mat, rug or whatever
you plan to knit or weave them into.
For chair pad, you’ll need between 16 and 18 yards of cord.
How to knit I-cord: with double-pointed needle #7 or #8 (for worsted weight yarn),
cast on 5 stitches. Knit 1 row. Now, instead of turning needle, move stitches to other end
of needle and knit the 5 stitches again the same way as in first row (same stitch sequence).
Pull yarn tight between last stitch and first stitch on new row. Continue this way—knitting
the 5 stitches the same sequence as in first row and not turning needle—until you have
enough cord for your project.
Knitting with I-cord: use #17 or #19 needles and cast on 12 stitches for a 12” width
pad (for each additional inch in width, add 1 stitch). Knit very loosely and work in
stockinette stitch pattern (knit on right side, purl on wrong wide) to required length
(about 12”). Bind off. Instead of darning in ends, sew tips of cord at beginning and
end to stitch next to last loop.
Weaving with I-cord: instead of knitting with the cord, you can also weave with it.
Use a chair as your loom. Here is how: turn the chair on its back and use the legs as frame.
Wrap cord around legs as illustrated (wrap tight by stretching cord as far as you can
stretch it); then use a different color cord to weave with. For a larger piece, such as
a bath mat or a rug, use table legs as loom frame.
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