In my last post we looked at how to decide on the perfect length for your sweater. Don't worry if you're not quite there yet, the body is the biggest chunk of knitting, but there isn't a huge amount to say about it in comparison to the yoke — the pacing of these blog posts don't exactly align with the pacing of the knitting. This is a short post about bottom ribbing and bind off on the body.
The body is finished with a band of 1x1 ribbing (k1, p1) and you'll begin the ribbing with either a knit or purl stitch to offset the purls from the purled dots in the last dot stitch round. Note that the ribbed band is worked all the way around and incorporates the stockinette faux seam stitches of either side.
Work the ribbing with your smaller needle (if you adjusted the main needle size for gauge, use a needle a full mm smaller than the main needle for the ribbing). Switch needles by working the first round of the ribbing off the larger needle onto the smaller one.
If you haven't encountered this instruction before bind off in pattern simply means that you'll work a regular bind off, but instead of knitting each stitch before it is bound off you'll work it according to the established pattern. So for 1x1 rib you'll alternate knitting and purling the stitches before binding them off. This gives your bind off a little more stretch to match the ribbing.
If you're a more experienced knitter looking for a challenge that will take your finishing to the next level you could try a sewn tubular bind off. Personally, I'd consider binding off in pattern as above on the bottom ribbing, where there are so many stitches and no one will be looking super closely, and saving the effort of the tubular bind off for the neckband where it will have the most impact.
In my next post we'll look at picking up stitches around the armholes for the sleeves. Do let me know how your Glenmore is going in the comments or on Ravelry.
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