Class length
3 hours
 
Skill level
Intermediate
 
Supplies needed
1.75 oz (50 g) smooth, light-colored, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn
1 oz (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
 
Materials fee
None
 
Homework
Swatch 1: Cast on 24 stitches. Work 1" (2.5 cm) of garter stitch. Cut yarn, leaving a 12" (30-cm) 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 12" (30-cm) tail.
Swatch 3: Repeat Swatch 2.
Swatch 4: Cast on 24 stitches. Work 1" (2.5 cm) of K1P1 rib. Cut yarn, leaving a 12" (30-cm) tail.
Swatch 5: Repeat Swatch 4.
Swatch 6: Cast on 24 stitches. Work 1" (2.5 cm) of K2P2 rib. Cut yarn, leaving a 12" (30-cm) tail.
Swatch 7: Cast on 24 stitches. Work 8 rows stockinette stitch, end after working a purl row. Do not cut yarn.
 
Techniques to be covered
EZ’s sewn bind-off
YO bind-off
Alternate 2x2 bind-off
Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy bind-off
Tubular bind-off
Grafted bind-off (with purl ridge hem or picot hem)

Taking the "Bind" out of Binding Off

Taking the "Bind" out of Binding Off photo

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. Tubular, sewn, and grafted bind-offs will be included. Previous knowledge of Kitchener Stitch is helpful but not required.