Knitting Basics: I-Cord Bind Off
Looking for an alternative way to finish necklines, cuffs, and edging in your handknits? Try the smooth, rounded look of an I-cord bind-off!
While the standard bind off technique is simple, it doesn't always produce the cleanest or neatest of edges. If you're looking to add some flair or just want a smooth finishing touch on your project, this bind off is perfect. An I-cord is a little tube of knitting, usually only three to six stitches, and generally in stockinette stitch. If you've ever used a knitting knobby or done spool knitting as a child, you've made I-cord. Here, the cord is begun on the last row with a cast-on, and grows horizontally across the stitches being bound off. It's a brilliant little piece of knit edge engineering!
The I-Cord Bind Off creates an I-cord band along the bind-off edge. This makes an attractive, flexible edging for necks, cuffs, pocket openings, and other places where you want something simple yet finished. If you are not a crocheter, substitute an I-Cord Bind Off for edges that call for a crochet trim.
With right side facing, cast on 3 stitches using the Knitted Cast On
Knit the first 2 stitches.
Knit 2 together (the last stitch of the I-cord and the first stitch of the knitted piece) through the back loops.
Slip these 3 stitches back to the left-hand needle purlwise. (Slipping purlwise ensures that you don’t twist the stitches.)
Repeat steps 2–4 until 3 stitches remain.
Bind off the remaining stitches using the Traditional Bind Off.