Tonight, a little photo tutorial on the I-cord cast-on which is used in my Vexillum shawl. This cast-on gives a “finished” look to the beginning of your work.
Cast on 3 sts on double-pointed needles in your usual way.
With the yarn in back, slide the stitches to the other end of the needle and knit those three sts. Repeat from * until you have an I-cord the desired length. In this case, I worked the I-cord rows 10 times. This means one worked row is on the needles, and there are 9 actual rows of I-cord. (The working yarn is now coming from the top of the sts.)
Turn the needle 90*, so that you’re ready to pick up along the top edge of the I-cord.
Pick up in the back loop of the top set of sts.
You’ve now cast on with an I-cord trimming the bottom of your work. [Note that when you turn the work to start your knitting, you will be on the wrong side of the work. In the case of Vexillum, this is ROW 2 of the Tip Chart.]