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BoredOutOfMyMind
« on: January 31, 2007 06:49:00 AM »

Hello, hi! I'm about to bind-off my BIL christmas-socks (I know, sch) and I don't know how. I have already made a pair for myself, and the bind-off sucks. I used the basic bind-off but on bigger needles, and it's not even close to stretchy! It's a 2x2 rib btw. I did a search both here and on google but found no tutorials...
Can anyone teach me a new trick?
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JBoudreau
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2007 08:22:21 AM »

I'm a fan of Elizabeth Zimmerman's sewn bind-off. Instructions are here: http://www.socknitters.com/toe-up/lessonsix.htm
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2007 08:37:52 AM »

There is also Peggy's version http://www.socknitters.com/Tips/stretchy.htm.  I tried it and I don't know if I didn't it right, but the cuff came out ruffly.   Huh
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Scarlett
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2007 08:44:39 AM »

I am a big fan of a bind off that I got from the DomiKNITrix book Im sure it has a name, but I dont recall offhand.  Knit 1, slip the knitted stitch back to the left-hand needle, and K2tog.  Slip that stitch back to the left-hand needle, and K2tog.  Keep on keepin on until the end.  I like it because it looks very nice and tidy you can sort of see it on my finished Fetching.
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Jacklad
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2007 09:40:46 AM »

I generally use the EZ version, but this page http://weebleknits.blogspot.com/2003/05/stretchy-bind-offs.html lists several variations you can try.

Jackie
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BoredOutOfMyMind
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2007 02:54:37 AM »

Thanks for the suggestions. I will try a few on a swatch first. But could anyone explain the EZ bind-off to me? When it says "Sew backward (left to right) through one stitch as if to knit and remove the stitch" does it mean the first stitch? How else can the stitch be removed when the first two are still on the needle...? I wish my library had more/better knitting books...
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chaneen
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2007 03:48:28 AM »

Yes, by one stitch it means the first stitch (the stitch closest to the tip of the needle).
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BoredOutOfMyMind
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2007 03:29:19 AM »

After swatching, I decided on Scarlett's method. It's more invisible to the 2x2 rib than the EZ method. Thanks for the help! Love learning new things!!
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