Originally Posted by Nanaof6
While I found this pattern fairly easy to follow there were questions I had on the Binding off of armpit sts and and shoulder and neck sts.
Like, Shape Armholes: Bind off 3(4-5-7) sts at beg of next 4 rows then 3(4-6-8) sts at beg of the next 2 rows.
I found this confusing ,I'm use to when you BO you cut the last bind off st and pull it through, at first I did the BO of the sts without cutting the last bo sts but this left me with one extra st in my over all st counts. Then I frogged back and did the BO and cut the last bo st and I ended up with a very jagged edge ,step like edge. Some one suggested slipping the first stitch but you still get the very uneven edge line and it’s hard to smooth it out even with a crocheted sc st.Which is the right way to do this and why?
I went looking for a tank top pattern that doesn’t use this weird BO but it seems it is in a lot of patterns
Having read your post you appear to have 2 different problems with your bind off. The 1st is your bound off stitch count and the 2nd is the 'stair step' effect.
To solve the stitch count problem rember that every time you pass a stitch over that
counts as a bound off stitch. This means K2 pass one over is one bound off stitch and doing another K1 pass one over means you have bound off 2 stitches, although you have knitted 3 stitches at this stage.
Because you know how many stitches you have when you begin a bind off row and how many you should have when you finish that row don't be afraid to count your stitches after doing your bind offs and before knitting the rest of the row. So, if you start with 20 stitches and need to bind off 3 stitches, bind off 3 stitches and count the remaining ones to make sure you have 1 stitch on your right needle and 16 stitches on your left needle. If you don't you can make your correction before finishing knitting that row. If you do you can finish knitting that row. Don't cut the yarn and pull through, when you have more knitting to do
, you'll only have to rejoin it in and make unnecessary work for yourself. I also think this could be making the 'stair step' or jagged edge problem even worse.
When binding off over a few rows you can use different strategies for different situations.
If you are going to 'pick up and knit' that part of the garment later (eg do ribbing for an arm band or neck band I would cast off and carry on knitting normally as the ribbing will smooth out any jagged edging.
If you are binding off a part of the garment that is to be seamed, eg shoulder seam, you can done one of the following:
1) Cast off and continue knitting normally. Then seam to the matching piece, when finished.
2) Do the Sloping Bind Off as shown by Amy in the Binding Off section of the Free Videos. The instructions do seem a little confusing, but if you practise with a swatch 1st it will make more sense.
3) Check the instructions to make sure you are binding off the same number of stitches at the same point for both pieces and do a 3 needle Bind Off.
I don't think slipping the 1st stitch will help and, as you found, may make things harder for you.
Finally, (sorry to depress you) in the world of knitting patterns what you described is a normal bind off for most tops, which explains your problem finding an alternative.