23 comments on “I-Cord Bind-Off

  1. Thank you!
    Would this work for toe up socks? I mean, I can see that it would have to be knit loose or maybe add a row here and there of bind offs on the cord, would that work do you think?

    Love your videos!
    Susie

  2. Hi Susie – hmmm. I don’t think I’d use this for the cuff of a sock, just because it isn’t stretchy AT ALL. 🙂 Might make it hard to get the sock up your calf.

    S t a c i

  3. Cool edging for a scarf! How can you do this for casting on at the beginning of a scarf?

    And once again, I love your website.
    Thanks,

    Belinda 🙂

  4. Hi Belinda – the icord cast-on is a totally different technique, and you just made me realize I don’t have a video on that yet! It’s now on the list.

    S t a c i

  5. I JUST THE SOTE MY MOM AND MY SISTER USE IT FOR EVERY THING THAT WE CANT DO. WE GO OVER AND OVER THE STITCHES UNTIL WE GET IT. I THINK PEOPLE SHOULD PAY FOR PATTERNS OR DO THE FREE ONES OR JUST NOT DO IT.I THINK WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU IS JUST HORRIBLE. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LATE BUT HAPPY ONES ANYWAY BETH

  6. Hello Staci,
    I just did a sample of the icord bind off. I am wondering how to end those last stitches. Can you advise me? Thanks…for your response and your superbly helpful site. Linda

  7. Linda – you can just do a normal bind of for those few stitches. Here’s what I do – I do a normal BO first, see how it looks, and if it looks too wide, I take it out and do some k2togs and BO again. Really depends on the piece you’re knitting, the yarn, the gauge, etc.
    🙂
    S t a c i

  8. Hi!
    I’m working on youtube pattern men’s sweater. I’ve just finishen the I-cord edge, but I find it a bit selfrolling, Will it be okey after blocking or have I knitted it to loose? Greeting Karin

  9. Karin – it really depends on the yarn you’re using. If you’re gauge is correct for the pattern, and you’ve used a wool or wool-blend yarn, the edges should block out flat.

    S t a c i

  10. Hi!
    I need to do a three needle I-cord bind-off. I think I can figure out how to do it from this wonderful video, but perhaps one day you could do a video for three needle I-cord. bind-off. The only one I could find on You Tube is not very clear on what to do. Thanks.

    Libby

  11. Would you know how to cast of with the I cord in the round . How to start and Finnish thank you I just love your videos
    Jean

  12. I’ve been thinking about the icord bind off for the edging of a knit pillowcase. (Knit one square and two rectangles with a button closure on the back.) Would it be better to icord two pieces together during binding off or better to bind off all edges and then icord them together? How would I icord two pieces together? I’ve bound off in icord before but can’t think how to put the second edge into the mix.

    Thank you, again, for your amazing videos! Your videos have brought me up from an almost intermediate beginner to a confident, advanced beginner who’s not afraid of intermediate patterns. It’s so great to watch your videos when I need advice at midnight (or anytime). Your explanations are really clear !

  13. Irit – icord bind-off should look good whether it’s worked on the right or wrong side of the work. Since icord is a round cord, it should look good from all sides.

    S t a c i

  14. This is at an armhole for a tunic. Your directions are so clear but should I do the opposite when coming back on the wrong side for the opposite armhole? Cast on 3, purl 2, slip 1, purl 2, slip the one over and slide back to the other needle? Just checking for I continue! Thank you!!

  15. Jill – you can use this method around each of the armholes the exact same way, no need to change the stitches for the opposite armhole. You’ll still be working the same normal direction of knitting, regardless.

    Hope that helps!
    S t a c i

  16. I just love the i-cord bind off. I have watched all your videos and use them for reference daily. I am interested in learning how to back my knitted blankets with fleece or other materials, do you have a tutorial on how to do this? Thank you, keep up the great page.

  17. Stephanie – thank you for the note. I’ve been trying to put together a video on adding fabric backing to knitted blankets for a while now. My hope is to collaborate with someone who is an expert at sewing, and I’m working on getting that out early next year. Thank you for the suggestion!
    S t a c i

  18. Hi Staci! I just did the icord bind off following your instuctional video…awesome. My only problem is that I don’t know how to finish it. I have three stitches left on the left needle, and I am struggling with how to finish off these three stitches. Any help would be appreciated. I love your video tutorials and paid patterns with video tutorials…many thanks!

  19. Sheila – it sort of depends on your gauge…you can try working k2tog, slipping the stitch from the right needle to the left and k2tog again, then break yarn and pull through the last loop to tighten. Or you can try binding those stitches off normally. I suggest trying both, to see which you prefer.

    S t a c i

  20. Dear Stasi,

    thank you for this and every tutorial you made for us.
    Re: I-cord:
    I do plan to finish garther fingering sweater with it, yet I made slash on each end, so I would love to..continue with I-cord, from the end/ bind off to the side- the slash to it with I-cord, do you have any hint/link..to do so smoothly ?
    Sorry Stadi, English is not my mother tongue..
    For ANY hint / suggestions I thank you in advance.

    Best Regards
    Val

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