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May 22, 2019 17:27:47   #
romagica
 
Has anyone done a 2-stitch i-cord bind off? Is it even a thing? I am putting a seed stitch border of about 2 inches on the knitterati gradient lapghan and am thinking about finishing it off with the i-cord bind off, but the 3-stitch seems a bit heavy for the border.

Thoughts?
 
May 22, 2019 17:43:49   #
knit4ES (a regular here)
 
Yes, often.... it is just enough to make a nice edge.
I have done a provisional cast on and done it on the sides as I work and then bind off with it and go back and do it on the cast on end.
May 22, 2019 17:50:04   #
romagica
 
knit4ES wrote:
Yes, often.... it is just enough to make a nice edge.
I have done a provisional cast on and done it on the sides as I work and then bind off with it and go back and do it on the cast on end.


Perfect! That's what I was hoping to hear. :)

I joined my squares with a 3-stitch i-cord so I'm thinking the i-cord bind off will pull it all together.
May 22, 2019 18:31:13   #
IndigoSpinner (a regular here)
 
There's a bind-off that makes a very thin edge that looks a lot like I-cord. It's called the Icelandic bind-off. It's stretchier than most bind-offs, but doesn't tend to make the edge flare unless you use a stitch that really tends to draw in from side-to-side.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6-qqh1toIk&t=52s

It has a cast-on that matches pretty well called the Old Norwegian cast on, or German twisted cast-on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlE_diUDPkE&t=120s

It's a long-tail cast-on, and it twists the tail yarn an extra time around each cast-on stitch. This makes a cast-on that matches the bind-off in stretchiness, too, without flaring out. But the important thing to understand about this is that it requires a lot more yarn in the tail. I usually allow about twice as much.

Your cast-on and bind-off can do a lot to make your work look exquisitely hand-crafted instead of homemade.
May 22, 2019 18:46:37   #
romagica
 
IndigoSpinner wrote:
There's a bind-off that makes a very thin edge that looks a lot like I-cord. It's called the Icelandic bind-off. It's stretchier than most bind-offs, but doesn't tend to make the edge flare unless you use a stitch that really tends to draw in from side-to-side.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6-qqh1toIk&t=52s

It has a cast-on that matches pretty well called the Old Norwegian cast on, or German twisted cast-on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlE_diUDPkE&t=120s

It's a long-tail cast-on, and it twists the tail yarn an extra time around each cast-on stitch. This makes a cast-on that matches the bind-off in stretchiness, too, without flaring out. But the important thing to understand about this is that it requires a lot more yarn in the tail. I usually allow about twice as much.

Your cast-on and bind-off can do a lot to make your work look exquisitely hand-crafted instead of homemade.
There's a bind-off that makes a very thin edge tha... (show quote)


Thank you. I will look at this. It will be a while before I'm ready to tackle the bindoff.
May 22, 2019 18:51:05   #
IndigoSpinner (a regular here)
 
romagica wrote:
Thank you. I will look at this. It will be a while before I'm ready to tackle the bindoff.


You might want to knit a swatch (or swatches) and try both bind-offs. You'll probably have a preference for one or the other depending on how easy it is to make one vs. the other, and/or how the finished bind-off looks.
 
May 22, 2019 18:51:55   #
romagica
 
IndigoSpinner wrote:
You might want to knit a swatch (or swatches) and try both bind-offs. You'll probably have a preference for one or the other depending on how easy it is to make one vs. the other, and/or how the finished bind-off looks.


Good idea. Thanks.
May 22, 2019 19:37:31   #
Adelheide
 
IndigoSpinner wrote:
There's a bind-off that makes a very thin edge that looks a lot like I-cord. It's called the Icelandic bind-off. It's stretchier than most bind-offs, but doesn't tend to make the edge flare unless you use a stitch that really tends to draw in from side-to-side.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6-qqh1toIk&t=52s

It has a cast-on that matches pretty well called the Old Norwegian cast on, or German twisted cast-on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlE_diUDPkE&t=120s

It's a long-tail cast-on, and it twists the tail yarn an extra time around each cast-on stitch. This makes a cast-on that matches the bind-off in stretchiness, too, without flaring out. But the important thing to understand about this is that it requires a lot more yarn in the tail. I usually allow about twice as much.

Your cast-on and bind-off can do a lot to make your work look exquisitely hand-crafted instead of homemade.
There's a bind-off that makes a very thin edge tha... (show quote)


Thank you for sharing this!
May 22, 2019 20:31:46   #
targa416 (a regular here)
 
romagica wrote:
Perfect! That's what I was hoping to hear. :)

I joined my squares with a 3-stitch i-cord so I'm thinking the i-cord bind off will pull it all together.

Sounds like you’re on the right track. We’d love to see photos!
May 22, 2019 20:44:40   #
romagica
 
targa416 wrote:
Sounds like you’re on the right track. We’d love to see photos!


It’s hard to display right now. It’s all scrunched up on the needles. I’ll be posting photos when it’s done, for sure! I’m quite pleased with how it looks so far.
May 23, 2019 06:40:51   #
betty boivin (a regular here)
 
Good luck! Sounds Nice!
 
May 23, 2019 11:06:08   #
g-mom (a regular here)
 
https://www.knittingparadise.com/t-599547-1.html
I really loved doing this bind-off
May 23, 2019 12:57:21   #
alwaysforyou (a regular here)
 
IndigoSpinner wrote:
There's a bind-off that makes a very thin edge that looks a lot like I-cord. It's called the Icelandic bind-off. It's stretchier than most bind-offs, but doesn't tend to make the edge flare unless you use a stitch that really tends to draw in from side-to-side.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6-qqh1toIk&t=52s

It has a cast-on that matches pretty well called the Old Norwegian cast on, or German twisted cast-on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlE_diUDPkE&t=120s

It's a long-tail cast-on, and it twists the tail yarn an extra time around each cast-on stitch. This makes a cast-on that matches the bind-off in stretchiness, too, without flaring out. But the important thing to understand about this is that it requires a lot more yarn in the tail. I usually allow about twice as much.

Your cast-on and bind-off can do a lot to make your work look exquisitely hand-crafted instead of homemade.
There's a bind-off that makes a very thin edge tha... (show quote)


Thanks so much for sharing these links! I've never seen the Icelandic bind off, but I love it! :) Lynn
May 23, 2019 16:20:20   #
Chocolatechips (a regular here)
 
Thanks for this thread...I've learned a few new things.
May 23, 2019 17:10:03   #
IndigoSpinner (a regular here)
 
alwaysforyou wrote:
Thanks so much for sharing these links! I've never seen the Icelandic bind off, but I love it! :) Lynn


If you learn a bind-off, you should try to learn the cast-on that matches it most closely, I think.

These two are perfect for anything done in garter stitch. They both make the garter stitch look like it just wraps around the edge and the edge has no beginning.

It's also very subtly decorative for other stitches. And its stretchiness is great in most places.

One of the best knitting books I've bought is this one with the cast-ons and bind-offs.

https://smile.amazon.com/Cast-Bind-Off-Begin-Knitting-ebook/dp/B00BGHS0I0/ref=sr_1_2?crid=FJ7C6YXUR12T&keywords=cast+on+bind+off+book&qid=1558645639&s=arts-crafts&sprefix=cast+on%2Carts-crafts%2C212&sr=1-2-catcorr

It has tables in the front to help you find the matching cast-on for your bind-off, the stretchiest ones, the most stabilizing ones, the most decorative ones, etc.

This has helped me make my work look so much more professional and finished.
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