Here’s a lesson in what happens when you apply the wrong bind off to a sock knit from the toe up.
I finished the sock when I was at the lunch time knitting group yesterday. I was in a cafe, with no needle to do the sewn bind off, which is better for the cuffs of toe up socks. I tried a different bind off and hoped for the best. This was not the best!
I used the method which makes a lovely edge but isn’t as stretchy as promised. It looked like this.
But when it came time to try it on, it wouldn’t, as you can see from the top photo, even go over my foot. Fail! This bind off was simply worked by knitting 2 stitches together through the back loop, placing the new stitch back on the left hand needle and repeating. Alternatively you can do it by not knitting through the back loop. I don’t know if this provides a more stretchy bind off. I should try it some time because going through the back loops made this tighter than even a regular bind off would.
A few minutes’ work this morning and I was right as rain.
There are some great demonstrations of different bind off methods in this Knitty article.
I mentioned in my last post that I’m feeling like I’ve got too many projects on the go and that I need to finish something. The way I’m planning on doing this is to set myself deadlines. I know I’m good with deadlines. I like to set myself a challenge.
For instance, I’m crocheting a Chevon Lace cardigan for my sister, Fee, at the moment. It’s been sitting at the point of division for the sleeves for seemingly weeks. I kept putting it off until I could measure it properly on Fee. Now that I’ve managed that and have passed the point of dividing for sleeves, I’m off and running. I’ve decided I’d like to have it finished by the weekend, which means focussing pretty much solely on that. It’s a fast project – the body is the crochet equivalent of solid stocking stitch. Monogamy is really the only way to go when the number of WIPs gets you down.
That said, I’m about to launch into some sewing for the morning but I’ve got stuff to prepare for my class tonight and that’s my justification!