The i-cord bind-off is based on the i-cord technique. It’s a great way to bind-off your stitches because it’s pretty and it keep the edge from rolling.
You may work your bind-off with a contrasting color, or not. If you choose a contrasting color, you ABSOLUTELY need to knit the last row before the bind-off with this contrasting color, or else both colors will be visible in the i-cord and it won’t be pretty.
If you are knitting flat :
Cast-on 3 stitches, with the thumb method, at the end of the last stitches knitted on left needle.
If you are knitting in round :
Cast-on 3 stitches, with the thumb method, at the end of the last stitches knitted on right needle. Slide those 3 stitches on left needle.
Knit 2 stitches, then work a ssk on 2 next stitches.
Slide 3 knitted stitches on left needle.
Repeat these instructions to the last stitch : *knit 2, ssk, slide 3 stitches on left needle*.
Cut yarn and pass through 3 remaining stitches. If you are knitting in round, sew the end of your i-cord with the beginning.