How many times have you bound off too tightly? I hate to admit it, but I’ve done it a bunch of times. I think I’m just a tight “binder-offer,” because I can’t seem to get it exactly right.
I used to just go up a needle size or two when binding off, which works well when the piece is being used, but it looks loose and wavy when the piece isn’t on the body. I don’t much care about this for my own things, but if I’m knitting a gift for someone, I want it to look perfect.
Enter Ann Budd and her fabulous video workshop, 45+ Knitted Cast-Ons and Bind-Offs. I tried the suspended bind-off, and it really helped me loosen up my bind-off edge. I use this bind-off all the time instead of the standard bind-off, which always turns out too tight for me. Here’s how you work it:
When knitting socks toe-up, it’s imperative to cast off loosely so that you can get the sock over your heel and up your calf. Elizabeth Zimmermann’s sewn bind-off is brilliant, just like the woman herself. Here’s how you work it:
The stretchy bind-off is particularly useful in toe-up socks, along cuffs, or any other edge that needs to stretch and then snap back into shape. To learn more knitting techniques, check out Craft Daily! It’s an amazing video resource. Ann Budd’s cast-on workshop is there, along with lots of other video tutorials and Knitting Daily TV episodes. If you’re a visual learner, Craft Daily is definitely for you. Subscribe today and start watching.
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