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Old 02-09-2011, 01:19 AM   #1
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Question about binding off
My pattern says to bind off 56 of the stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows. Then for the body I will work 75 stockinette stitches for the body. Since it's difficult to count the stitches (I know I'll lose count) is there an easier way to keep track of how many stitches I'll bind off? Should I count and mark them off beforehand or just use a counter? And will I actually use 57 of the stitches to get 56 bound off? Thanks for any help.
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Old 02-09-2011, 03:46 AM   #2
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Well, to bind off, you slip a stitch over a stitch, so you may end up using one stitch more but that stitch stays on the needles. As for the counting, do what works for you. Write tally marks on paper, use a counter, etc. I personally just go and if I lose count (on purpose or accident- I know, sometimes I'm kind of lazy at counting lol) I count the bound off stitches I have already done. You can see them pretty clearly when looking at the exact top of the stitches... they're a sideways u shape that's pinched on the open end. This pattern looks like it has you bind off at both sides and is worked flat.
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:36 AM   #3
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Or you can count the stitches that you have remaining on the left needle. But if I were doing it, and since you're binding off quite a number of sts, I'd place a marker where you should stop binding off.
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Sometimes when I have a lot of stitches to keep track of I will keep a pen and paper handy and I will do them in batches of 10. Bind off 10 stitches and write down 10 on the paper. Then bind off another 10 and write 20 on the paper. Bind off 10 more and write down 30...and so on until you reach the number that you need.

This is just a trick that I do.
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