If it was the same pattern I used, then, no, it was not an I-cord, you cast on, I think, 60 sts, and knit about six rows.
Tamar, what pattern is it? I used the one that Olha (thank you! :)) had linked to on her Halifax Charity Knitters website and it looks very similar to mine.
Yours is very sweet, and the face is excellent. I have yet to put faces on the two I have made.