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Old 05-08-2007, 12:21 AM   #1
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Single crochet bind off
I just saw Amy's video for the single crochet bind off, but I still have a question.

Does this bind off mimic long tail cast on? It's hard to see from the video if it's similar in appearance to long tail cast on.
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Old 05-08-2007, 12:31 AM   #2
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hi!

i am not terribly familiar with this technique, but in watching the video a few times, it looks to me that this is exactly the same as a regular knit bind off only using a crochet hook for ease. if you watch the way the yarn goes through the stitch and then the way it's pulled through the one on the right needle, to me it seems the same exact motion as if you were knitting and passing.

i do know that the crochet cast-on matches a knit bind-off, though.
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Old 05-08-2007, 12:33 AM   #3
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It would look pretty much like a regular bind off. If I have a long stretch to BO, I knit the last row on a larger needle (much larger) and starting at the beginning of the row I just finished knitting (the yarn is at the other end) pull the second loop through the first and so on, across the row. They're all essentially the same placement of the stitches.

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Old 05-08-2007, 03:21 AM   #4
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Using a crochet hook as your rh needle means that you don't have to use lh needle to pick up each stitch and drop it off, I think this makes for a more even edge as the other way can create distortion, but I am a tight knitter. I've heard of another cast off where you pull each stitch through the next starting on the end opposite to the tail, but I imagine this one is quite tight or at least not stretchy. Good though if you don't have enough wool left to do a standard cast off row.
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Old 05-08-2007, 09:55 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by redwitch
I've heard of another cast off where you pull each stitch through the next starting on the end opposite to the tail, but I imagine this one is quite tight or at least not stretchy. Good though if you don't have enough wool left to do a standard cast off row.
This is how I bind off when knitting on the knitting machine. I use waste yarn as a cast-on and as a cast-off, then I use that technique to finish both ends; that way they match perfectly. If the bind-off is tight, I can loosen the machine tension for that last row, but usually it's OK because I mostly finish with a "mock rib" and the bind-off tightens it up a bit.

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Originally Posted by redwitch
Using a crochet hook as your rh needle means that you don't have to use lh needle to pick up each stitch and drop it off, I think this makes for a more even edge as the other way can create distortion, but I am a tight knitter. I've heard of another cast off where you pull each stitch through the next starting on the end opposite to the tail, but I imagine this one is quite tight or at least not stretchy. Good though if you don't have enough wool left to do a standard cast off row.
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Yes, that's the technique I mentioned above, and it can be tight unless you use a larger needle to knit the last row.
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