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Old 06-05-2012, 07:45 PM   #1
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1/2 Surpisingly Stretchy Bind Off - Mitten adventure
I had some yarn leftover from my GS's latest sweater, not enough for much of anything it seemed, so I started a pair of toe up socks which could be short top socks or have contrasting cuffs, then I changed my mind and decided I would make a pair of mittens instead (the toes become the fingers part of the mittens) and I did an afterthought thumb for the first time. When I went to bind off the ribbing at the top, I tried Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off and, (surprisingly) found it too stretchy. I tried working the extra yarn over part on the purl stitches only of my 1x1 ribbing and did the knit stitches as usuall; it worked out great! I had tried it with the yarn over on the knit stitches but wasn't as happy with how it looked. Has anyone else done this? I'm thinking it would work just as well with a 2x2 rib but haven't given it a go yet.

In case someone doesn't know about Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, here's a video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53Mtbkyf5CQ

I learned that I can work mittens from the fingers up, the afterthought thumb is easy, and this great bind off is adaptable. My GS also has matching mittens to with his new sweater. Ain't knittin' great????!!!!!
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:45 PM   #2
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Great idea! Thanks very much for the tip.
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:52 PM   #3
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Wow! salmonmac, if you think it's a great idea, I feel even better about figuring it out. I've gotten so much good help here, it's nice to have something useful to offer.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:20 PM   #4
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Mittens are even easier knit top down with a provisional cast on and an afterthought thumb. Challenge for you.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:40 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by fatoldladyinpjs View Post
Mittens are even easier knit top down with a provisional cast on and an afterthought thumb. Challenge for you.

Huh? LOL I think I'm slower than usual today. I don't understand the reason for a provisional cast on. Doesn't a provisional cast on allow you to put the stitches back on the needle to knit them in the other direction? I don't see how that would apply on mitten tops. Could you please enlighten me?

BTW you were the one, I do believe, who pointed out that the afterthought thumb is easy and works out well and so I had to try it. For a new technique, any excuse will do, and small amounts of yarn made a good one.
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:44 AM   #6
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I've not tried this, but it sounds like you've stumbled upon a wonderful solution that works well in several different situations! Congrats on your discovery--and thanks for sharing it with us.

The sock that became a mitten--ha!!!
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:54 PM   #7
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That's awesome, good for you!
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I have a stretchy cast on also by Tilly Nuddy on Utube
If you need a stretchy cast on m, try the one by Tillybuddy on You Tube. I use it when I knit my mittens if I don't know how old the person is I am making them for whether it is a young or older person.
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Originally Posted by Daylilydayzed View Post
If you need a stretchy cast on m, try the one by Tillybuddy on You Tube. I use it when I knit my mittens if I don't know how old the person is I am making them for whether it is a young or older person.

I've seen this cast on referenced before but haven't managed to find it. Could you post a link, please?
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Strtchy Caston
Here it the link to Tillybuddy's stretchy cast on : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf8cY_djTRI
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