After all the discussions about the i-cord, I decided to give the different options a try and see what I liked best. In my book, Holly’s suggestion of provisional cast-on followed by i-cord bind-off (especially when started at the collar and worked toward the hem) was the clear winner.
I also did a little practice swatch of the collar and hem edge techniques to understand what is going on.
There are photos of all of it and more commentary on my blog. click here.