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Video: I-Cord Bind-Off

Characteristics: stretchy
Difficulty: Intermediate

This is a great intermediate bind-off that puts a round decorative column along the edge of your stitches to be bound off.

The nice thing about this bind-off is that not only is it decorative, it’s also pretty stretchy.


For a thinner or thicker I-cord, cast on more or fewer stitches. To do so, substitute the # of sts you want for the “X” in the instructions.

  1. CO 3 (X) sts using the Knitted Cast-On.
  2. K1. Do not drop st off L needle.
  3. Place new st back on L needle, moving front loop to back. Repeat steps 2-3 three (X) times.
  4. K1 twice.
  5. K2togtbl.
  6. Pass st from R to L needle three times. Working yarn is 3 sts down on the needle.
  7. Repeat steps 3-5 across.
  8. BO last 3 sts using the Standard Bind-Off.

I-Cord Bind-Off - Step-by-Step Photo Instructions

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More Information

It does sort of help to know how to make an I-cord, but you don’t really need to because I explain it all to you in the tutorial below.

Options: You can work this bind-off in a contrasting color. In order to do that, just work the last row before the bind-off (the WS row) in the contrasting color and then do the bind-off in the contrasting color.

You can also make the I-cord as thick or thin as you want, and I include instructions below on how to do so.

One reason to make a thinner I-cord is to create a matching bind-off for the popular Chinese Waitress Cast-On. A 1-stitch I-cord bind-off is not a perfect match but it does match a lot of the characteristics.

A 3-stitch I-cord is shown in this tutorial.

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