When I first began knitting, I was taught various ways to cast-on. As knitters, we know how important the cast-on is -- it sets us up for the rest of the project. Kiwiyarns blogged about learning the tubular cast-on recently and I gushed about the magical Moebius cowl cast-on not too long ago. What I barely have paid attention to over the years is the bind-off. Perhaps I was always just so
relieved pleased to be finishing my project that I didn't have the energy or mental stamina to think too much about how I would end my masterpiece (in those early days, I was lucky if my garter stitch scarf wasn't wonky!)
There are many, many excellent tutorials out there on the Web and, as knitters who are spread around the world, I know how much we've come to rely on these videos to help us through a project. I really like this I-Cord bind-off and plan to use it to finish a project soon. I can't say which project yet but now that I've learned this type of bind-off, I'm storing it away in my methods file. Let me know if you have any suggestions for a pattern that would finish nicely with an I-Cord.
P.S. For those of you who made very observant guesses yesterday as to what was odd about my fingerless mitts, both underground crafter and peppermint mocha mama had the right answer: I ran out of yarn for the final rounds on the right-hand thumb and had to use a slightly lighter shade of green. And, Kepanie, you are right that the Halloween costume will be a black cat (with hot pink paw pads).