In Which I Learn the Proper Way to Bind Off

Last night I finished the ribbing on the tam! Whoo-hoo! We were watching a movie at the time, so rather than check with my knitting sister before binding off, I confidently plunged ahead. Doing all “knit” bind-offs on a knit two purl two ribbing.
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Give me credit, though. I did realize that it didn’t look so good after binding off about twenty stitches. The movie was almost over, so I carefully raveled back and rescued whatever had been messed up.

That took awhile, I can tell you, because I hadn’t mastered the art of using the needles as needles. I was stuck in crochet mode, so I would knit a stitch, pick up the back loop with my fingernails, and pull it over the new one.

Some of you are probably wincing. It made for very splitty yarn and very messy stitches.

Anyway, once I got it raveled back I asked my sister for the proper way to do things. She kindly straightened out the stitches I had twisted, and demonstrated knitting and purling while binding. Then she gave it back to me. Binding off took longer than I thought it would, but I was a good girl and only grabbed loops with my fingers a few times.

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Finally, after ten ‘o clock at night, it was finished and blocking. I was going to weave in the ends before blocking, but I was informed that that wasn’t the done thing, so I left it alone. Now I just have to resist the urge to stand over it with a blow dryer.

3 Responses to In Which I Learn the Proper Way to Bind Off
  1. Sarah
    June 3, 2009 | 5:35 pm

    That turned out beautiful! Great work!

  2. outandin
    June 3, 2009 | 6:19 pm

    That’s a very pretty pattern! You’ll have to model it when it dries!

  3. outandin
    June 4, 2009 | 9:54 am

    And I had totally forgotten that when I was a kid I used to use the “finger” bind-off method myself! Your account triggered a flashback!

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