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claireweber 11-08-2013 08:19 PM

What is the best bind off to use on a ribbed edge?
 
I'm knitting a pair of boot toppers - they begin and end with a 4X2 rib. I used a knitted cast on and am wondering what would be the best bind off to use.

Thank you in advance.

Claire

Jan in CA 11-08-2013 08:40 PM

I would bind off in knits and purls like the pattern.

GrumpyGramma 11-08-2013 09:49 PM

I agree. I'd BO in pattern. The trickier part IMO is making sure it's not a tight BO. Using a larger needle sometimes will be enough. There are ways to get more yarn into the BO such as Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. Sometimes I find it's too stretchy. I've also used Knitting - Stretchy Sock Bind Off and it seems to be OK. I tried Extra Stretchy, No Flare Bind Off for Ribbing, Continental once and wasn't pleased but I'm not sure I did it right and will try it again. I've modified the Surprisingly Stretchy BO by just doing the yo before purl stitches and working the knits as normal.

YMMV
HTH

salmonmac 11-09-2013 06:21 AM

I do like EZ's sewn bind off or the tubular bind off but I don't know how to change it for 4 x 2 rib. You can do the no flare bind off for 4 x 2. It's essentially the same as binding off in pattern with a twist as you switch from knits to purls and vice versa.
Here's also a stretchability comparison of several bind offs with links to the methods.

claireweber 11-09-2013 11:47 AM

Thank you for all your responses :muah: So far, I've tried a couple of bind offs, too much flare for me; in the process I found a big enough mistake (I'm pretty sure I know what I did wrong) :frog: back halfway through the topper.

I am getting so much practice cabling without a cable needle :cheering: I plan to finish the cable section, then see if one of the 'no-flare' bind-offs will work for me.

claireweber 11-12-2013 01:05 PM

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:muah: TYSM - So it ends up that both the no-flare video links from each of you are done by the same person, the videos differ somewhat but the technique is the same.

The technique worked really well! I used the twist before changing from knit to purl and vice versa. The sewn bind-off has piqued my interest - I'm keeping it in mind for a future use.

GrumpyGramma 11-17-2013 03:20 PM

I'm wondering how the twist thing would work combined with the knit 2 tog tbl BO. It might be overkill.


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