Before leaving for the holiday, I left you with a pictorial on Tubular Cast on, the Italian way. I’ve always felt a matching bind off is an important element in a garment’s construction. Tubular bind off with its matching cast on not only forms a beautifully rounded edge, it is a nice change from a regular bound off.
Preceding bind-off, you knit two rows in 1×1 ribbing as you would in double knitting or Tubular Cast on set-up rows:
Row 1: *K1, ytf, S1, ytb; repeat from* around.
Row 2: *Ytf, S1, ytb, K1; repeat from* around.
Now, rearrange knit stitches on a circular or double-point needle (place in front with work facing me) while purl stitches on another needle (place in back .)
Thread a darning needle (dn) with 3x the length of a edge to be bound off and kitchener graft the stitches together as follows:
To start off, bring dn through 1st stitch on front needle as if to purl and leave the stitch on.
Bring dn through 1st stitch on back needle as if to knit, and leave the stitch on the needle.
Step 1 Front needle: Bring dn through 1st st on front needle as if to knit and slip the stitch off the needle.
Bring dn through next stitch on needle as if to purl and leave the stitch on the needle.
Step 2 Back needle: Bring dn through 1st stitch on needle as if to purl and slip the stitch off the needle.
Bring dn through next stitch on back needle as if to knit and leave the stitch on the needle.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until all stitches have been worked off.
A quick and easy way to memorize the steps:
Back needle: Purl off, knit on
It takes longer to bind off (flat and in-a-round;) but, the finishing is much nicer, springy, than other methods (including my favorite EZ-Sewn Bind Off.) This version is good for sock cuffs and other things that have negative ease since it really wants to be the size of slightly stretched ribbing rather than the size of totally pulled-in ribbing. After watching my favorite 9-minute video on this practical technique, get some needles, a bit of yarn, and have at it. Most importantly, have fun. Knitting is my retreat.
Another stretchy, loose, and elegant bind-off used on the sweater coat’s pocket ribbing was the icelandic method. Though the video clip here is only 36 seconds, it is really all you need to acquire this technique. I learned about it in Myrna Stahman’s Shawls and Scarves book:
*K 2nd stitch through first stitch’s loop. Sl both stitches off left needle together. Put new stitch on right needle back on left needle and repeat from * till 1 stitch left.
That’s all, folks. Until next time…happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!