Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Knit Tip: Binding Off in the Middle of a Row

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Knitting garments often involves binding off in the middle of a row to create necklines and armholes. If you're like me, you're bothered by that little gap right before the first bound off stitch. Today, I'm sharing how to get rid of that gap!

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In this swatch, I cast on 24 stitches and used markers to make three sections of 8 stitches. To bind off the center stitches, one would generally knit to the marker, slip the marker, and bind off the next 8 stitches.

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To eliminate the gap, knit to one stitch before the marker instead, then do this: KFB into the next stitch. You would now have 9 stitches before the marker instead of 8. Use the 9th stitch (the new stitch just made by the KFB) to start the bind off. This means you will need to bind off one extra stitch.

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Basically, you create an extra stitch in the row and immediately bind it off, so it doesn't affect your stitch count - but it creates a clean start to your bind off. The gap is gone, and your neckline will look cleaner. Ta da!

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The difference becomes much more visible after you've knit a few rows on both sides. Next time, I'll show you guys how to bind of rounded necklines with a sloped bind off, to avoid those stepped edges...

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Equinox Knitting

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This is my favorite time of year. My birthday often coincides with the equinox, and I've always felt the shifting of the season in my bones. Growing up on the southern hemisphere, we would be transitioning into spring right now. But since moving north, I've fallen in love with the fall. It's the perfect weather for knitting on our deck, and I plan to enjoy it as much as possible before the cold settles in. Socktober is right around the corner, so I'm working on a new pattern to celebrate. I'll definitely be wearing these to Rhinebeck. Will you be there?

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Yarn is Toil & Trouble Classic in The Sandman.