Last week, we showed you how to use the i-cord cast-off and the sewn cast off, now it's time for some more amazing cast-offs with Jen Arnall-Culliford.
Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind-off
These instructions are written assuming that you start your cast-off edge with a K1. You will need to switch things round if this isn’t the case for your project. Directions for wrapping the yarn around your needle assume that you are looking at the very tip of the needle and following the direction of the yarn.
1. Work a reverse yarnover (wrap the yarn clockwise around your right needle tip).
2. K1, then lift the yarnover over this knit stitch.
3. Bring the yarn to the front of the work, between the needles, and make a yarnover (wrapping the yarn anti-clockwise around the right needle tip).
4. P1, then lift the yarnover over the purl stitch.
5. You now have two stitches on your right needle. Lift the knit stitch over the purl stitch, thus leaving just one stitch on the needle.
6. **Work a reverse yarnover (wrap yarn clockwise around your needle).
7. K1, then lift the yarnover over this stitch. You now have two stitches on your needle.
8. Cast off one stitch in the normal way. Work a yarnover (wrap the yarn anti-clockwise around your needle). P1, then cast off the yarnover. You now have two stitches on your needles, so cast off one stitch in the normal way. **
Repeat from ** to ** until all stitches are cast off.
There are a number of ways to work a tubular cast-off. Most involve a few rows of double knitting to work the sides of the ribbing separately, then the stitches are grafted together. Some knitters find that the double knitting technique causes their stitches to be larger than normal, so use a smaller needle to keep things neat. You will need an even number of stitches so that you can graft them together, so work a single decrease on the last row before starting to cast off, if needed.
1. Matching your work to your ribbing (so swapping the order if your rib presents differently), *k1, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front; repeat from * to end. Turn work and repeat the last row, knitting the sts that present as knits, and slipping the purl sts with yarn in front. Repeat last 2 rows once more. Break yarn, leaving a tail three times the length of your cast-off edge. thread onto a tapestry needle.
2. Separate out your stitches onto two double-pointed needles (you can do them in batches if you have a long edge to work), slipping all the knit stitches to one needle and all the purls to another.
3. Graft the stitches together using kitchener stitch.
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Jen Arnall-Culliford is a technical knitting editor and knitwear designer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of knitting techniques.
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