Thursday, March 21, 2013

Knitting tips - Perfect bind off for 2x2 ribbing

Tubular bind off for 2x2 ribbing could be a bit challenging, but the perfect elastic edge you get as a result is very much worth the trouble. And once you know the basic steps of this type of bind off it's not that hard to do really.

So here are those important basic steps:


Keep in mind that when you bind off knit stitches you will insert wool needle from front to back into the first stitch and back to front into the second one. When binding off purl stitches you'll do the opposite - back to front into the first stitch and front to back into the second stitch.


1. When you are ready to bind off, leave a yarn tail approximately 4 times longer than your bind off edge and cut the yarn. Thread the yarn tail into a wool needle and now you are ready to bind off :-)

2. It's better to start with a group of 2 knit stitches and insert the wool needle from front to back into the first stitch and back to front into the second stitch. Pull the yarn through.

3. Move on to the group of 2 purl stitches and insert the wool needle from back to front into the first purl stitch and front to back into the second one.

4. Now that you joined stitches within each group it's time to join first group of knit stitches to the second group of knit stitches and same for groups of purl stitches. First, start with joining groups of knit stitches - insert the wool needle from front to back into the second stitch of the first group of knit stitches and from back to front into the first stitch of the second group of knit stitches. Pull the yarn through.

5. The last basic step is to join two groups of purl stitches. To do that insert the wool needle from fack to front into the second stitch of the first group of purl stitches and from back to front into the first stitch of the second group of purl stitches. Pull the yarn through.

Repeat steps 2 to 5 till you bind off all stitches.

You can also see all the steps of tubular bind off for 2x2 rib in a video tutorial available at 
http://www.knitca.com/video/tubular_bo_2x2

Eventually it's time to enjoy the beautiful bind off edge you've just created and be proud of yourself :-)


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