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DavidSydney63 03-31-2013 06:37 PM

3 needle cast off (bind off)
Hi there - is there a link someone can give me that explains how do undertake a 3 needle cast off? (bind of for you Yanks). I assume there's a point in a pattern where you'd stop following its instructions and then implement the method.

GrumpyGramma 03-31-2013 07:03 PM

Did you have a good Easter?

Click the free videos button at the top of the page, select cast offs, scroll down to find the 3-needle cast off.

I've learned to use BO (bind off) in general but find it offensive in sweater underarms.

DavidSydney63 03-31-2013 07:24 PM

Easter was lovely, thanks Grumpy.

The video does not explain where in a pattern you'd implement the technique ...

GrumpyGramma 03-31-2013 07:44 PM

I've used it to connect front and back shoulder sections. I've used it somewhere else I'm sure but right now can't remember where. If your pattern calls for this cast off it should tell you where and when to use it. What do you have in mind? Are you just exploring its uses?

ArtLady1981 04-01-2013 09:34 PM

As GrumpyGramma stated, I too have used it mostly for shoulder joins.

But just recently, I learned to use it for joining large sections of knitted joining a two or three sections of a scarf...and joining long strips of blanket squares.

I picked up stitches along each long edge to be joined...and then worked the 3-needle bind-off to join the sections together. I really like it. It seems to be stronger than weaving or crocheting, and it's less bulky than the mattress seam.

All of these mitered squares were joined using the 3-needle bind-off:

And just last night, I used the 3-needle bind-off to seam three panels to one another.
(The item is an Art Deco Wrap, and only Right end and Middle Panel in the photo.)

The 3-needle bind-off is quite useful!

GrumpyGramma 04-01-2013 11:44 PM

Thanks, ArtLady, I had actually thought about using picked up stitches and 3-needle bind off as seaming. Now I know it's a good idea, I'll have to use it.

I was working on a stockinette piece that I wanted to have hemmed. I did kfb to double my stitches, moved the ones I added to a holder at the back of my work, finished the stockinette rows with a garter stitch turning row, folded the hem up and used the 3-needle bind off with the held stitches and the live stitches on the needle I was working with. Worked a treat! Now I've been thinking about it and I'm wondering if I used another increase since I had no purl bumps from the increases showing on the front. Either way, it worked out.

DavidSydney63 04-02-2013 12:52 AM

ArtLady - just LOVE your colour choices - divine!

salmonmac 04-02-2013 04:47 AM

GG, that's a good idea for a hem. I've picked up purl bumps on the back of stocknette stitch to join to live sts but never tried an increase in place of picking up. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks!

Art Lady, stunning! You have such a good eye for color and pattern, it's a delight to get lost in the flow of this wrap.

ArtLady1981 04-02-2013 05:05 AM

Great idea, Grumpy Gramma! I like that tip!!!

GrumpyGramma 04-02-2013 09:55 AM

I'll do most anything to avoid seaming. As for picking up the purl bumps to join with live stitches...I've not tried it but I think I'd have trouble keeping a straight line so I just figured out a different way. Eunny Jung makes doing it look easy, but I've not been brave enough to try it yet. I use increases to start pockets, too, so there's no seam at the bottom or if I'm working from the top I join the two sets of stitches by knitting one from each needle. Now I'm working on avoiding the seams at the sides of the pockets.

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