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« on: February 16, 2006 07:10:47 PM »

I've been knitting away and I'm almost finished with my scarf.  Grin But... I don't know how to finish the scarf. How to tie off the end. Help please.
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2006 08:13:49 PM »

This site has videos for how to bind off. Hope it helps.
http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/bind-off.php
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2006 10:32:01 PM »

What you need to do is bind off (BO).  Assuming that you're right handed and not working in a specific pattern such as rib, it goes like this:

When you start the last knit row of your scarf, knit two stitches.  You now have two loops on the right needle.  With the tip of the left needle, lift the first loop (the one closest to the bottom of the right needle) over the second and off of the needle altogether.  This leaves one loop on the right needle.  You have just bound off one stitch.  Knit another stich and lift the first loop (the one closest to the bottom of the right needle) over the second and off of the needle altogether. This leaves one loop on the right needle. You have now bound off two stitches.  Keep doing this over and over until you have one loop remaining on the right needle and no more stitches to knit.  Pull the end of the remaining yarn through this loop and weave it in to the scarf to finish. 

Two things to remember: Bind off sort of loose.  Too tight, and the edge will pucker.  Too loose and it will flare.  Also, do not knot the last loop and the tail of the remaining yarn; just weave it in to the finished scarf until it's secure and looks good to you.

Hope this helped a little,
Carrie  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2006 11:35:59 AM »

to help you bind of loosely, you can bind off using a needle one size larger than what you knit with, if you have one.
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