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igsr2cool 02-22-2006 01:33 AM

Cast off
Hello fellow knitters........
I have a question (dumb as it may be) but what does cast off mean.....not sure that it would be the same as bind off.
I am knitting some mittens to felt and this part of the instruction says.....
when it's down to 12 stitches. Cast off. Break yarn leaving a long end. Sew two sets of 6 sts loosely.

Would this be grafting like a toe of a sock..? Just need clarity on "cast off"

Thanks for your help !

Candy Earl in IL

kittiminx 02-22-2006 05:23 AM

I'm sure ingrid is really the final authority here but as no-one's answered yet i'll say yes, it's the same as bind off. Cast off is the exact same thing, there's just the two names i think. (USA vs English maybe?) Hope it helps...

newbieknit 02-22-2006 07:49 AM

According to my finishing techniques books, Cast-off is just another way of saying Binding off.

and...there are no stupid questions.... well except for that one guy who said...

Angelia 02-22-2006 07:52 AM

Yep, it's binding off. I wondered the same thing the first time I saw "cast off"--I was afraid I'd missed something somewhere!

kayeknit 02-22-2006 08:52 AM

Don't hold me to this, but I believe in the USA, it's usually referred to as "bind off" and in the UK, it's "cast off". I usually say "cast off" because it seems more rhetorically appropriate (you "cast on" and then "cast off"), and anyway, I DO knit "English style"... ;)

Kirochka 02-22-2006 01:44 PM

I was saying "cast off" for the longest time when I meant "bind off" because... well, I just forgot what it was really called and got mixed up with casting on! :rollseyes:

igsr2cool 02-22-2006 08:37 PM


Thanks to everyone !

Kirochka 02-23-2006 09:10 AM

P.S. Where is Crest Hill, IL? We Illinois knitters are always looking to rope more IL knitters into our posse! ;) (See "Attention all ILLINOIS knitters" thread!)

igsr2cool 02-23-2006 11:30 PM

Crest Hill is between Plainfield and Joliet ! You are in Elgin correct? Howdy knitter !


Kirochka 02-24-2006 09:41 AM

I work in Elgin, live in Algonquin! Check out the "Attention all ILLINOIS Knitters" thread under General Knitting - they're organizing a knitting get-together that looks like it'll be on Saturday 18 March at Fringe in Aurora - think about coming! :D

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