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I-Cord Knit Trivet Pattern

This tutorial shows you how to knit an i-cord with double pointed needles and then how to coil the knit i-cord to make a lovely and useful trivet. This Free I-Cord Knit Trivet Pattern features step-by-step and illustrated instructions to ensure your i-cord success!

I love a good i-cord knit project! I use applied i-cords to finish washcloths or dishcloths and show you how to do that in this post. The same applied i-cord method adds a faux fur trim to this blanket! (major starry eye action here!)

This time, we will knit a stand-alone i-cord and then coil it upon itself for a super sturdy and attractive trivet. Sure, you’ll want to knit a couple of these trivets for your own kitchen, but let’s talk about making them as gifts! I don’t know anyone who couldn’t use a nice trivet or two for their kitchen.

i-cord trivet.

abbreviations used

  • dpn: double-pointed needed

materials needed to make these i-cord knit trivets

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US 15 (10mm) Double Pointed Knitting Needles

95 feet of 100% cotton 5mm Rope. The rope I used comes in a 295-foot spool, so you can get 3 trivets from a $12.00 spool of rope! If you consider another rope, make sure you use 100% cotton as polyester, acrylic, nylon, etc…could melt if heated.

2- 2.5″ (5-6 cm) Darning Needle

Thread in a color to blend with the rope you are using.

Thimble (optional)

Faux Leather Tabs (optional) I didn’t get my tabs engraved, but it would be a lovely idea! The next time I order, I will think of something darling to add to the tabs.

While these tags are technically washable, I found that the first time I washed them, the lining on the inside came off. That doesn’t bother me, as I don’t see it as necessary. If it is important to you, you could unscrew them before washing.

Screwing on leather tabs to icord trivet.

what is a knit i-cord?

Knitting i-cords is a very simple technique. A knit i-cord is a tube or cord made by always pulling the working yarn from behind. You will only work on front of your work, so you will never turn your work over. Most i-cords are made using between 3-6 stitches and can be made any desired length. Double-pointed needles are typically used when knitting an i-cord, though it is possible to use circular needles in a pinch.

We will be making a knit i-cord, though it is also possible to purl i-cords.

how to knit the i-cord

First, we will give instructions for knitting a long (54″) i-cord. Then, we will give instructions on how to coil the i-cord to make the trivets.

4 cast on stitches on dpns.

Cast 4 stitches onto a US 15 (10mm) dpn.

Knit needles and hands.

Move the four stitches to the tip of the needle so that the working yarn and the tail, cast-on end are to the left of your 4 cast-on stitches.

Knitting needles knitting.

You will ALWAYS pull the working yarn from the left as you knit. By doing this, you will create a tube or cord.

Hands knitting.

Start knitting the 4 stitches.

At end of first row of knitting icord.

TAil of knit icord.

When you have knit the 4 stitches, push them back to the right side of the dpn, ensuring that the working yarn is on the left side and in back.

Note that you will NEVER turn your work as you normally do while knitting.

Pull tail of icord.

Gently pull down on the tail, cast-on end of the yarn; this will help form the cord or tube. You will want to do this occasionally as you knit your i-cord.

Beginning of knit icord.

Knit the 4 stitches again.

After you have knit them again, slide them back to the right side of the needle and repeat.

A 48" i-cord.

Continue until your cord measures 48″ (122 cm).

gradually bind off

Now, we will slowly bind off, tapering so that when we coil the i-cord, the end will blend in better.

Knit 2 together to at the end of the icord.

When your work measures 48″ (122 cm), you will slowly cast off over several rows.

First, k2t and knit the next 2.

Work the i-cord over 3 stitches for 3 rows.

3 stitches on the needle

Three stitches combined to two.

K2t and knit the next 1.

Work the i-cord over 2 stitches for 3 rows.

TWo stitches left

One stitch left on needle.

Knit the last 2 stitches together.

Snip the working yarn about 3-4″ from the last stitch and slip it through the loop on the needles, binding your i-cord off.

use the cord to make the i-cord knit trivet


  • Keep even tension as you sew your coils. If you make the center tighter than the outer rings, it’ll pop up a bit and won’t lay as flat as you might like.
  • You need 4 sides to make this work and be nicely finished on all 4 sides, so you can’t make a 3 stitch i-cord or a 5 stitch i-cord.
  • Don’t twist your coils.
    • Lay your cord out and notice that there are 4 sides.
Make sure same side is facing up.
  • You want to ensure you don’t twist the i-cord as you coil. Keep the same side facing up the whole time.
Showing where to stitch to make the trivet.
first coil to make trivet.

Starting at the cast-on end (not the end where you worked down to 1 stitch), bend the end over about 1″ and secure with a needle going through all layers.

Hands holding coiled i-cord and needle.

Then, continue to stitch the inside of 2 legs of the Vs to coil the i-cord. Where you stitch doesn’t matter as much as keeping the track of Vs from not twisting.

Hands holding coiled i-cord and needle.

My eyes would go a little wonky at times and found it helpful to trace the Vs with my finger to ensure I wasn’t twisting.

Hands holding coiled i-cord and needle.

Another way to double-check that you haven’t twisted your i-cord is to turn your work over…it should look as flat on the bottom as it does on the top.

Hands holding coiled i-cord and needle.

Making trivet.

icord trivet with leather strap and screws.

When you’ve finished sewing the coil, you can add a leather tab to cover up the end of the project if you choose. However, how we slowly cast off makes the end of the coil not as obvious.

Screwing on leather tabs to icord trivet.

The faux leather tags I linked to come with the screws that attach the tags to your work.

washing your knit i-cord trivet

I have washed these trivets, but haven’t dried them in the dryer. As they are 100% cotton, I’m certain that they will shrink. They are dense, so I placed them over my air vent to speed up the drying process.

more useful handknit patterns for the kitchen

If you are looking for additional hand-knit projects that would be useful in the kitchen, you’ve come to the right place!


In addition to this Knit I-Cord Trivet, I have two other trivet patterns: a Chunky Garter Stich Knit Trivet and a Turk’s Head Knot Trivet.


I have published two potholder patterns, a Knit Linen Stitch Potholder and a Crochet Thermal Stitch Potholder.

Bookmark this page or pin the following image to refer back to this Knit I-Cord Trivet Pattern in the future.

I-cord knit Trivet.
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  1. Does this give a similar type cord to the old children’s french knitting dolls?
    I’ve dug mine out to teach my twins over the summer holidays.

    1. Hi Angie,

      Yes it does! The French Knitting doll cords are thin, but you could make a thin one depending on the yarn and needles you choose.

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