Tubular bind off

by Ysolda Teague April 10, 2014

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A tubular bind-off that’s a perfect match for a tubular cast on.The only catch is that the only way to create that seamless join between the stitches is to sew it. Sewn bind-offs, especially along long stretches aren’t my favourite but this one is completely worth it. Just make sure to cut the tail long enough. This technique involves grafting so if you aren’t familiar with that you might want to look that up.

There are two ways to do this, the method shown here is by far the simpler but skipping the second needle and grafting the stitches on one needle, like this, is faster.

Shown as a bind off for k1, p1 ribbing but can be used for any stitch pattern that you’d use a tubular cast on for.

 

You will need

Blunt darning needle

A spare needle in the same size or a slightly smaller size than the working needle

 

Stop when there is just one row left of your pattern. Set up for the bind off by working one row: knit the knits and slip the purls purlwise with yarn at front. Work the next row: purl the purls and slip the knits purlwise with yarn at back.
Stop when there is just one row left of your pattern. Set up for the bind off by working one row: knit the knits and slip the purls purlwise with yarn at front. Work the next row: purl the purls and slip the knits purlwise with yarn at back.
Take the spare needle and work across the row / round slipping the knits onto the working needle and the purls onto the spare needle. Slip all stitches purlwise.
Take the spare needle and work across the row / round slipping the knits onto the working needle and the purls onto the spare needle. Slip all stitches purlwise.

With the stitches divided you can see that the set-up rows created a strip of stockinette between them.
With the stitches divided you can see that the set-up rows created a strip of stockinette between them.
Cut the yarn leaving a tail about three times as long as the edge and graft the two sets of stitches together.
Cut the yarn leaving a tail about three times as long as the edge and graft the two sets of stitches together.

2 x 2 ribbing

For 2×2 rib the stitches can be rearranged into 1×1 rib before working the set up rows. If you’ve already done the tubular cast on for 2×2 rib the process of rearranging the stitches is essentially the same. *K1, slip the next st off the needle, p into the next stitch making sure that the loose stitch is a the front, put the loose stitch back on the needle and k it, p 1, rep from * to end.


Ysolda Teague
Ysolda Teague

Ysolda designs knitting patterns, spent years teaching at events and loves to find new yarns and books to share.



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