More to explore:
bind off with beads tutorial
Kitchener Stitch Tutorial. I have to look it up every time.
I'm going to have to try this... it is called the better bind off.
beautiful cast on - photo tutorial. Text in an Asian language, but the pics are good enough you don't need to read the text.
Kitchener bind off tutorial
Beaded Lace Bind Off
What All The Bind-Offs Look Like: A Bind-Off Extravaganza
3-Needle Bind Off - Knitting Tutorials: Bind Offs - Knitting Crochet Sewing Embroidery Crafts Patterns and Ideas!
I-Cord Bind Off. Great for baby blankets.
Whit's Knits: A Better Bind Off Tutorial - Knitting Crochet Sewing Crafts Patterns and Ideas! - the purl bee
interesting bind-off tutorial... Guernsey Wrap
Zipper Added to Knit Sweater - This is pretty interesting and I don't see why the technique could not help in sewing on pockets or anything else.