Taking the Bind out of Binding Off (3 hours) (intermediate)

Class Description

Does your pullover get stuck on your big noggin? Why won’t that circular shawl lie flat? Is a too-tight hatband cutting off the circulation to your brain? Can’t get your toe-up sock over your heel? Traditional bind-offs are often too rigid and can be downright uncomfortable. Loosen up with a variety of elastic bind-off techniques that will turn your castoffs into comfy, wearable garments. Yarn-over, tubular, sewn, and grafted bind-offs will be included, as well as Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off. Previous knowledge of Kitchener Stitch is helpful but not required.

Techniques to be covered

  • EZ’s sewn bind-off
  • YO bind-off
  • Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy bind-off
  • Tubular bind-off
  • Grafted bind-off (with purl ridge hem or picot hem)

Supplies needed

  • 50 g smooth, light-colored, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn
  • 25 g smooth, contrasting-colored, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn
  • US 7 (4.5 mm) straight or circular needles
  • US G (4 mm) crochet hook
  • Blunt tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Homework

Swatch 1: Cast on 24 stitches. Work 1″ (2.5 cm) of garter stitch. Cut yarn, leaving a 2-yard tail.

Swatch 2: Cast on 24 stitches. Work 1″ (2.5 cm) of stockinette stitch, end after working a purl row. Cut yarn, leaving a 2-yard tail.

Swatch 3: Repeat Swatch 2.

Swatch 4: Cast on 24 stitches. Work 1″ (2.5 cm) of K1P1 rib. Cut yarn, leaving a 2-yard tail.

Swatch 5: Repeat Swatch 4.

Swatch 6: Cast on 24 stitches. Work 8 rows stockinette stitch, end after working a purl row. Do not cut yarn.