Without further ado the how-to:
1) Cast on your I-cord. I used 4 stitches to make a more substantial edging but 3 sts is typical.
2) Ready the left side of the piece to be bound off (PtbBo). This is where we depart from convention and aim for genius.
If PtbBo is worked in garter st, finish with a right side row. Otherwise the stitches present themselves as purls and create unsightly bumps along your finished I-cord.
|I-cord on left in blue, PtbBo on right in gray|
3) Commence I-cording by slipping the left-most PtbBo st onto the right side of your I-cord needle.
4) Knit together the first two sts (I-cord and PtbBo). Then knit the remaining I-cord sts as usual.
5) Slide the I-cord back to the right side of your needle (or slip the sts to the right needle if not using dpns).
Repeat steps 3-5 until you have completely bound off PtbBo.
|My swatch half bound off with I-cord|
So yes, knitting I-cord is still tedious. But you've eliminated slip, slip, knit in favor of k2tog which always counts as a win in my book. Happy knitting!