An I-Cord bind off is a great way to finish the edge with a polished look.
It looks good on both the RS and WS of the work. See?
Another nice thing is that if the I-Cord is in a second color, you can work until you’re just about done with yarn on your main project. If you want the I-Cord to be the same color, this is a chance to use another skein of yarn and even in another dye lot. Given the I-Cord has a different texture, the color difference won’t be noticeable.
How to work an I-Cord Bind Off
Step 1: Hold the work you want to bind off in your left hand. Using the I-Cord Yarn, cast on 3 sts on that same needle with a cable or knitted on cast on.
All steps will be worked with the I-Cord yarn.
Step 2: K2, sl 1 k.
Step 3: K1 (this stitch will be on the main work, but you’re still using the I-Cord yarn).
Step 4: PSSO. One stitch bound off.
Step 5: Slip the 3 sts from the right needle, back to the left needle.
Repeat steps 2-5 until all sts from the main work have been bound off the left needle. Be sure to pull the working yarn (the I-Cord yarn) tightly along the back like you’re working a regular I-Cord.
You’ll just be left with 3 sts on the left needle and all will be in the I-Cord yarn.
K3tog tbl to finish it off. You’re done!
If you want to work this on a project, you may want to consider the Along These Lines Shawl from the April 2018 issue!