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Old 08-13-2012, 10:30 PM   #1
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Problem understanding bind-off instructions
Hi all,

I'm making the front left side of a shrug, and as per the instructions, I knitted it to 8 inches. There are 30 stitches on the needle. It's time to shape the armhole, and this is what the instructions read: "At armhole edge, BO 3 sts once, then BO 2 sts once. 25 sts rem."

What's up with that? Does anyone know why I can't just bind off five stitches? There's got to be a reason it's written that way, but I can't figure it out, and Google isn't helping.

Thanks much,

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Old 08-13-2012, 10:39 PM   #2
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You do the BOs on different rows. BO 3 sts and finish the row, then turn and work the next row. BO 2 sts and finish the row. Then you probably work the next row and go on the the next instructions on the row after that.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:49 PM   #3
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Binding off stitches gradually gives you a more of a shaped edge.
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Thanks for the quick replies - now I can get back to work! ;O)
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