Tips for The Shelburne Bag

The following tip is specific to the Shelburne Bag and the crochet trim which forms the accent piping. See below for knitting cast on and I-cord Bind Off tips.
Photos included in the pattern are enlarged here. Note, as the bag was knit with two strands of worsted yarn, the crochet piping is worked with two strands as well.

The Shelburne Bag, smaller size, has been blocked and dried, and now the single leather strap will be sewn on as well as magnetic closure. The pattern includes finishing information and tips 

What is the Knit Cast On Method (KCO)?
*Knit the first st on the left hand needle. Transfer the new stitch directly back to the left hand needle, repeat from * for the number of new stitches indicated on the pattern. If direction call for KCO 2, then repeat from the * one more time, KCO 3, then repeat from * two more times, KCO 4 sts, then repeat from * three more times.

I-cord bind off
I-cord, worked on the bind off row, makes a firm, decorative edge. Although the bind off may be worked with the circular needles, some knitters may find it easier to let the stitches “rest” on the right circular (you may choose to put a point protector on the right needle tip) and substitute a same size dpn to work the bind off the stitches from the left needle around the circle.

The following are generic instructions, each pattern will have the number of stitches (X) to KCO.

(Abbreviations - LH ndl -left hand needle, RH ndl-right hand needle)
1. Using the KCO method, add X new sts to LH ndl (with either the dpn or the right tip of circular needle). 
2.KX tbl (these are all but one of the new sts that have been added by the KCO), K2tog tbl, (the last new st and and an original st), then slip all the sts from RH ndl to LH ndl.

3. *Bring yarn across the back of these sts (snuggly), and then KXtbl, k2togtbl, slide all sts back to LH ndl.  Rep from * until all sts are BO the LH ndl and X (1to 4) sts rem on RH ndl. 
Use LH ndl tip to pass sts over on RH ndl to bind them off until 1 st rem on RH ndl. Cut working yarn with a 6” tail to thread a tapestry needle, bring this through last st on right to bind it off. Insert tapestry needle under
(horizontally) both top loops of the 1st BO st and then down through the middle of the last BO st to finish the edge and provide a “seamless” appearance. Secure on the wrong side.
The result is a raised, applied, I-cord edging.

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