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Old 06-16-2013, 07:32 AM   #1
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Need a different bind off & Favorite resource?
Good morning all,

I'm working on Thai Iced Tea by Vera Sanon and need a different bind off. The regular plain ol' bind-off isn't stretchy enough for the bottom edge. But Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off doesn't look good. I've used it before on other sweaters and it worked great but it looks sloppy with this thinner yarn.

Secondly, what's your favorite resource for different cast-ons and bind-offs? I'm looking at Cast On, Bind Off, 54 Step-by-Step Methods on Amazon.com but reviews seem to be mixed. I prefer books to on-line videos.

Thanks for any and all suggestions!

ETA: Ha! The local library has that book so I've placed a request so I can look at it. Any others I should look for?
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Old 06-16-2013, 07:57 AM   #2
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I'm facing a similar problem at the neck edge of a sweater. I'm thinking about using a tubular cast off which will provide a nice finished edge without a cast off line. I can't see from the photos or projects whether you end with a k1p1 rib.
Here are two different methods:
http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/play/tubular-bind-off
http://techknitting.blogspot.com/200...ts-pretty.html
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:24 AM   #3
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Thai Iced Tea ends with what I guess you'd call a modified k1, p1 rib. The first row is k1, p1; second row just knit. Repeat both rows a total of 4 times, then one more k1, p1 row.

Thanks for the links, Salmonmac. I'll check them out!
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:04 AM   #4
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I know you're not knitting lace, but would the Knitted Lace Bind Off be of any use to you?
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:02 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Dclutterchique View Post
I know you're not knitting lace, but would the Knitted Lace Bind Off be of any use to you?
Would the stretch in this BO be comparable to that of Jeny's surprisingly stetchy BO?
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:17 AM   #6
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Knitted Lace Bind Off looks very similar to a Russian Bind Off without transferring the stitch back to the left-hand needle. But I see two slightly different ways of doing Russian Bind Off:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYnYPnnoihs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGQUs...sA7n2g&index=1

I think maybe I like the second one better and may give it a try. I'm just not a fan of trial and error, too much wasted time! I always learn by it but with limited time..well, you understand!
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:44 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Dclutterchique View Post
I know you're not knitting lace, but would the Knitted Lace Bind Off be of any use to you?
Wow, I really like that bind off! Thanks for posting the link! Why didn't I think of that type of bind off? It makes so much sense!

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Old 06-20-2013, 06:07 AM   #8
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Would the stretch in this BO be comparable to that of Jeny's surprisingly stetchy BO?
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Wow, I really like that bind off! Thanks for posting the link! Why didn't I think of that type of bind off? It makes so much sense!
To be honest, I haven't tried either bind off. I only know about the Knitted Lace BO because one of you posted a reply to another recent question about needing a BO with some give to it. (I thought it was either GG or Jan in CA.) I couldn't find the orginal thread, but did remember the Youtube video, so did a search there and came up lucky.
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The first time I used the knitted lace bind off was for the Live Oak Shawlette I made last year(?). I found that it creates a lovely finished and stretchy edge (which is very easy to crochet into, by the way). I've not tried Jeny's bind off, so I can't compare the two.

This has become one of my favorite bind offs; however, do take note that it requires more yarn than a regular old bind off. Perhaps that's true of a lot of the more complicated bind offs (I don't know since I only use this one or a regular bind off most of the time).

Personally, I think it looks easier to do than Jeny's.
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