Thursday, March 15, 2007

Grumperina's Stretchy Bind Off

From the blog of Grumperina, , comes this stretchy bind off. I haven't tried it yet, but is similar to other bindoffs I have seen.

Work 2 sts in pattern (either knit or purl). Move yarn to back (if the last worked st was a knit, this is already the case). * Transfer the 2 worked sts to the LH needle, and k2togTBL. Work 1 st in pattern (move yarn to back if it was a purl), * repeat between *.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Crochet Bind Off

This bind off is quite stretchy and looks good.

Using a slightly larger or similar size crochet hook as needle, work the stitches as if the hook were a knitting needle: 'knit' the knit stitches and 'purl' the purl stitches.

When there are two stitches on the hook. *yarn over and pull the loop through the two stitches on the hook. Work the next stitch to be bound off (two stitches on hook) .* Continue * to * until completed.

Very fast, and easy to rip out and redo if necessary. Many of the other nice looking bind offs are a serious problem to undo so I really like this one. It is fast becoming my favorite.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Estonian Lace Bindoff

I learned this in a Nancy Bush workshop.

Using double yarn if desired (good for lace shawls) , slip 1, k1, insert left needle into the stitches on right needle, and K2together through back loops, *(k1, insert left into right stiches and ktbl) repeat from *
Similar to SSK stitch.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Russian Bindoff ala Wendy Knits

Knit 2, slip these 2 sts back to the lefthand needle, k2tog, *k1, slip 2 sts on righthand needle back to the lefthand needle, k2tog*. Repeat from * to *.

Bind off in ribbing. When it comes to working the 2 stitches together, work it knit or purl, depending on what the second stitch of the two is.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Picot Cast Off

This helps make a stretchy bind off for socks. Using cable cast on, and smaller needles, cast on 2 stitches, and bind off 4. Repeat. Variations can be made by changing the number of cast on and bind off stitches.

Afterthought Heel

At heel position, knit waste yarn in half of stitches + 2 st each side. For example, on 64 stitch sock, knit in waste yarn on 32 + 4 = 36 stitches. Then knit with the sock yarn right over the waste yarn row.

Put on needles. Pick up 1 or 2 st in corners and knit 2 plain rows. Then on end of needle: k2tog, k1. Then k1, SSK on next needle. Do same for other corner. Continue to do 1 row plain, then 1 row dec until it fits okay. Then dec every row until 12 -14 st remain on each side. Kitchener closed.

Toe Up Sock on 60 Stitches for Cindy

Fits Women Shoe Size 9

#0 dpn needles; 100 gm sock yarn
8.5 st/inch; 11.5 rows/inch . Very snug. Don’t get any smaller than this.

Toe: Cast on 8 figure-8 stitches (8 on each needle) (Use more if larger sock; Use fewer if larger yarn.)
Increase each row until 32 st. Then inc every other row until 60 st.

Gusset: At 6 3/4”, increase for heel 8 st (or 1 inch of st) each side every other row.

Reverse Dutch Heel: (1/6 stitches) 10 st for heel. Knit one row.
Wrong side: Slip 1, p to end
Right side: *Slip 1, k1, Repeat from * to end.
Knit 20 rows. (Twice # of heel for easy pickup)

Pick up 10 st on left side with twisted stitches.
Turn, slip 1, purl back.
Pick up 10 st on right side with twisted stitches.

Heel Flap:
Right side: *sl1, k1, repeat from * to last stitch, ending ssk
Wrong side: sl1, purl to last stitch, p2tog
Work until 60 stitches around.

Leg: Knit 1” st st, then 2x2 ribbing.

Cast of with stretchy cast off of k2, m1 (with e-cast on), p2, m1.
Then bind off as normal except slip m1 instead of knitting and then psso.