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Old 03-31-2013, 06:37 PM   #1
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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.
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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.
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Easter was lovely, thanks Grumpy.

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