What could be more rewarding than binding off? I don't know; perhaps a hot fudge sundae... in a lounge chair, on the back porch, with munchkins fanning me... oops. Sorry, I'm back!
Binding off means completion, and, more important, now I can start/finish/"work" on something else. It's a real treat, and when it finishes off beautifully, I'm talkin' satisfaction!
Yesterday, even though my garment wasn't complete, I had the satisfaction of binding off the bottom edge with "tubular bind-off". Brenda asked if I could give a tutorial, and I gasped! I read and worship tutorials, but I don't have the gadgets to post a pretty, informative drawing. Therefore, I recommend 'do as I do': Get this book The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie M. Wiseman. It was recommended to me at my LYS years ago, and I've used it... A LOT!
When Brenda left that comment, I wondered how I did it myself! So, I went to my guru, Techknitter, which is listed to the right under blogs I read, and sure enough I found more information than I wanted/needed AND an alternate method using knitting needles instead of tapestry needle.
Coincidentally, I had just finished a sock this morning which was ready to kitchener, so I tried it. I 'heart' it!! Here's an excerpt:
These four steps are repeated again and again to create a Kitchener stitched seam. If you want to chant the steps to yourself as you work, here is the mantra:
(When my kids hear me chanting like this, they know to stay away until the muttering ceases.)
- Step 1: Purl front, push the stitch off
- Step 2: Knit front, leave the stitch on
- Step 3: Knit rear, push the stitch off
- Step 4: Purl rear, leave the stitch on