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Old 12-01-2013, 04:58 PM   #1
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Guesstimating yardage for BO
I'm finishing the 2x2 rib on a pair of toe-up socks, two at a time. I've never come this close on a pair of socks to using every bit of yarn before and I want to be sure I have enough for the BO. I've thought about binding off one half of one sock and tinking back to measure how much I used and doubling it but this yarn doesn't tink well. I'm planning to use the Extra Stretchy, No Flare Bind Off for Ribbing,. If it takes a yard of yarn to knit a round of rib, would allowing 1 1/2 yards for BO and a tail to weave in be enough or should I plan on two or more yards of yarn?

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Old 12-01-2013, 05:13 PM   #2
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My guess would be 1 1/2 yards. Being that it is a 2x2 rib, you will only be adding a twist every other stitch, I don't think the twist adds any more yarn than you would use in a stitch. You can measure after doing half the bind-off on one sock, just to be sure, and a little doesn't hurt

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Thanks, Claire. For some reason these sox have been challenging and they really are just basic socks. All I can figure is that after 15 years I finally found something to give my SIL and he is one of those people that are impossible to figure out gifts for. When he saw the ones I made for my daughter, he said he wanted some. They have to be better than good. I thought the same as you, but didn't trust myself. You used this BO on your "Gaiters For Me" didn't you?
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I did, and I really like that bind off. It adds just a little bit more yarn to the bind off row, seems like the perfect amount. My gaiters were a 4x2 rib, so I was adding the twist 2 out of 6 stitches.
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I really like it too. The finished edge is just really nice and it doesn't flare like others do. Once I got the hang of it, it is really easy.
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Old 12-01-2013, 05:56 PM   #6
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Because I'm thinking about it right now
Where the ribbing ends: improving the transition zone
I tried this. I think I like it.
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i tend to allow 1" per stitch for the bind off, like in the long tail cast on guesstimates. I always overestimate with that cast on, but that amount gives me enough room for binding off plus weaving in ends. But that's me...
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You could also measure out a half yard, tie a slip knot to mark the yarn and start the bind off. That'll give you an estimate of how many sts you'll get from a half yard and you won't (hopefully) have to tink to measure.

I like the idea of the slipped knit sts in the transition from ribbing to main pattern or vice versa. Thanks for the link, GG!
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I didn't run out of yarn and in fact still have several yards left of each ball. Whew! I do like that BO. I think twisting ensures a stitch with more yarn in it and encourages the fabric to follow the line that the rib creates. It's just so neat and tidy and stretchy.

Tech knitter has some great stuff and when I was looking for something else stumbled across the rib correction thing. I'd not liked the way rib looked at the transition but thought it was just the nature of the beast so live with it. This was my first opportunity to use it and it really does make a difference.
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