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Old 04-05-2009, 08:58 PM   #1
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Unusual binding off technique
I'm what I would call an intermediate-level knitter. I sometimes develop my own patterns, usually knit other people's patterns.

Here's my question:

I have a sweater -- commercially knitted -- that I inherited from my mother. It's getting a bit tatty. But I love it dearly, so I want to "reverse engineer" it -- that is, try to knit a sweater as much like it as possible.

Luckily, it's a pretty simple design -- non-set-in sleeves, mostly stockinette, with some ribbing and garter stitch accents. Pretty easy to copy, really.

But the bind-off at the bottom has me stumped. Just looking closely at it, it looks like rather than casting off, they drew a crocheted chain through the loops on the last row. Is this an established technique? Does it have a name? Has anyone ever done this? Is there anything I need to know to do it myself?

Any enlightenment will be appreciated.
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Old 04-05-2009, 09:41 PM   #2
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Here is a wonderful article about quite of few different bind offs, including some crocheted bind offs. Maybe one of them is yours.

http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall06/FEATfall06TT.html

Hope that helps.
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:33 PM   #3
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Thanks. I didn't see anything like what I believe is on this sweater, but I did see one of the techniques that would make a similar, smooth edge.
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Old 04-05-2009, 11:27 PM   #4
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A lot of storebought sweaters use a tubular finish on the lower edge. You can do that as a cast on or bind off.
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Old 04-07-2009, 09:51 PM   #5
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Is there a difference between casting off and binding off? I've always used the terms interchangeably.
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They are interchangeable. Casting off is used in the UK and Europe more than in the US.
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Old 04-07-2009, 10:53 PM   #7
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Do you have a digital camera so that you can post a photo of the edge of the sweater?
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Oooh, yeah, a pic would be great!
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