Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Technique Tuesday: Applied I-Cord Bind Off

This is a great way to add a little interest to a bind off edge and is great for really any project from the bind off edge of a lace project to the cuff of a sleeve.  Another thing that is useful is that this type of bind off creates a tube with you can use as the casing for elastic or a draw string.

When you come to your bind off you are first going to cast on 3 stitches using the backward loop method.
Next you will K2, SSK.  This way you are always decreasing a stitch in your bind off row.

Slip the last three stitches from the right hand needle back to the left hand needle
Repeat this method till you have one stitch left on your original bind off row.

Bind off the I-cord as follows,  Knit 2 pass first stitch over the second, SSK, pass the second stitch over the third stitch of the bind off pass yarn through loop and pull tight.  Weave in ends.

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