Stretchy bind off’s are not just for socks…

I finally finished my Secret of the Stole II stole yesterday and was trying to find a good bind off technique that would allow more give in the blocking process than my traditional bind off method would.  So, I went web surfing.  There are so many out there to choose from.  I decided to go with the following "stretchy bind off" that I found here.  I chose option #4 which is amazingly simple and it goes like this:

*k2tog, pass stitch back to non-working needle*, repeat from * until no stitches remain.

Perhaps when things settle down here I can compile some of the other methods into a list for Knitwith.us.  What method do you like to use for binding off your knitting projects?  Does it vary depending on the item being created?

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5 thoughts on “Stretchy bind off’s are not just for socks…

  1. … there’s a name for that? I guess I’ve been using the “stretchy bind off” like that. Now I feel all fancy about it, since it’s actually an Official Bind-Off, and not just something I did by winging it!

    (Can’t wait to see the finished stole. I’m up to Hint #5 on mine now!)

  2. I wonder how this compares to using a much larger needle to bind off? I usually use a needle several sizes larger than what I knit with. but I thinkI’ll try this one.

  3. Hiya DK! I feel just like your first ‘commenter’ … that’s the only bind-off I’ve used for years, for most things! (Taught to me by Sivia Harding during a Moebius workshop).

    Thanks for your comment on my finished stole — I’d like to say I thoroughly enjoyed knitting it, but I’d be lying. 😉 I *did*, however, thoroughly enjoy the learning experience, and I definitely like the finished product!

  4. DK — I used this bind-off for my stole and found it to give me a much tighter edge that I felt was needed for blocking the stole. So I took it out and used a yarn-over bind off: Knit 1 stitch, *yarn-over, pass stitch over yo & off the needled, knit 1 stitch pass stitch over and off the needle. repeat from * until no stitches remain.

    This gave a much looser edge with more stretch than the stretchy bind-off you used.

    The bind off you speak of is new to me. I am going to try it quickly though, because it sounds great! That is why we do this together! Thanks so much!

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