On the fingerless mitt I made last night, the pattern ended in a 1 x 1 rib. HOW SHOULD I HAVE BINDED OFF? After I bound off in my usual without thinking manner...all knit....I picked up a book from the library that said ribs should be bound off, knit as knit and purl stitches as purl?
It seems like no matter how many years experience one has knitting, there are always basic questions!!!
There are tons of ways to bind off. A great match for 1x1 rib is tubular b/o (what Amy calls knit-one purl-one bind off on this page). A basic knit/purl b/o in pattern looks good too. It's really a personal preference thing.
There is no right way to knit; there is no wrong way to knit. So if anybody kindly tells you that what you are doing is "wrong," don't take umbrage; they mean well. Smile submissively, and listen, keeping your disagreement on an entirely mental level. They may be right, in this particular case, and even if not, they may drop off pieces of information which will come in very handy if you file them away carefully in your brain for future reference. ~Elizabeth Zimmerman
oops, I just made a whole other thread asking the same question about the bottom of a sweater! So would you bind off in rib for a sweater? What about kitchener rib? I know you use that for socks or gloves. Is is generally used for larger pieces like sweaters?