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Old 01-13-2007, 03:15 PM   #1
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Sock bind off
I just finished my second sock ever using a toe-up, Magic Loop method (my first was done with Silver's Sock Tutorial.)

The pattern just said to bind off using some elastic method. I searched a bit, but didn't really find any (mistake number 1: not searching harder!), so I bound off with a ribbing bind off. I realized as soon as I finished that it wouldn't stretch enough to make it onto my foot. It didn't.

Is there anything I can do to fix it? Unravel the bind off? Should I just trash the sock?

It's frustrating, since I spent a while learning how to do short rows in order to do the toe and heel
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Old 01-13-2007, 03:19 PM   #2
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Don't trash the sock just because of the bind-off. PLEASE! What I would try first is undoing the bind off, putting the stitches back on the needles and use a needle at least 2 sizes larger than what you used for the rest of the sock to bind off. Aside from that, something tells me that there are other methods out there that are super-elastic, but I don't remember what they are. Hopefully someone else will chime in.
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Wait a sec, I just found these instructions for a stretchy bind off for toe up socks. Probably just what you're looking for. Actually, that whole website, www.socknitters.com is great as a sock resource.
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Old 01-13-2007, 03:51 PM   #4
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Thank you very much, though it might be too late for this particular sock -
I started unraveling the bind-off, but it's a bit of a mess, because I've never been any good at putting stitches back on the needle. I've frogged down a couple rows into the cuff, but of course I've already taken the marker out, so I have no idea where the start of my round is.

Why didn't I pick a less frustrating hobby, like..stamp collecting?
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You can just pick a spot that's about at the right place as your beginning of round should be, and go from there, making sure that your ribbing lines up as it should.

Something you might want to try for future reference is inserting your needle into a destination row before you start unravelling. Then you can only unravel to the point of where the needles are, and if done correctly you will have the right number of stitches already back on needles, and ready to go. If you don't know how to do that, see the video on this page under 'Fixing Mistakes' called Inserting a needle into destination row, before unraveling.
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Old 01-13-2007, 04:42 PM   #6
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I watched that video a while back, but completely forgot about it - I'll make sure to remember next time I'm in this situation!

I do think picking stitches back up is easier when you're knitting straight, but I finally have them all back on my needles. Now, to just knit back to where I was..

I'll try the bind off you suggested this time - it looked promising. Thanks again!
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Originally Posted by knitqueen
Wait a sec, I just found these instructions for a stretchy bind off for toe up socks. Probably just what you're looking for. Actually, that whole website, www.socknitters.com is great as a sock resource.
This is a GREAT site! LOADS of information!

Thanks!!!!!
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I bookmarked it too

The bind off worked great! I also used needles 2 sizes larger than the ones I had been using. I'm now wearing my comfy new sock, and am already several inches into the leg of my first actual patterned sock
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Aren't you glad you didn't give up???

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