|Sample was knit with Lily Sugar n Cream on US Size 6 needles - 4 stitches|
It is very simple to do and I willingly admit that I am darn proud of myself for having an idea that actually works! So, without further ado, here is what I did. I am assuming that you already know how to make the standard I-Cord by the way.
Cast on 4 stitches - you can use either DPNs or a circular needle
Slide stitches to the other end of the needle as normal and knit all stitches
Row 2 - Knit 2, Slip 1, Knit 1
Row 3 - Knit 2, Slip 1, Knit 1
Row 4 - Knit all stitches
Repeat Row 2 - 4 until cord is the desired length
What to do with the curly I-Cord? Maybe replace the standard fringe on a scarf with these nifty spirals, or top off a hat. You can even add beads - I have a tutorial on that too. You are only limited by your imagination.
This is by no means the only way to knit a spiral cord. I encourage you to play around with different yarns and needle sizes, and even a different number of stitches. Perhaps add another row or two where the stitch is slipped - heck, slip two stitches. You may come up with a better curling cord. If you do alter this "pattern", I would love to see what you come up with!
Here is a brief video of the technique. Enjoy!