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Simple Stretchy Bind Off adds flare to your knitted edge

by Fiona Stevenson

This week I’ve been sharing the details of how I knit the Willowworks Cowl in Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Superwash wool. Yesterday, we covered how to knit the twists and cables in the colorwork section of this project.

 

Willowworks Cowl finished with flare using the Simple Stretchy Bind Off

 

I hope you’re ready to learn a simple elastic bind off that will add flare to the Willowworks Cowl’s ribbed border. It’s a versatile finishing technique called the Simple Stretchy Bind Off, and you’ll want to use it on any project where having stretchy edging is important like sock or mitten cuffs.

 

I used Deluxe Worsted Superwash wool in Pomagranite Heather (right) for the bottom border and Simple Stretchy Bind Off

 

This technique can be adapted to any stitch pattern. Since the rib section of the Willowworks Cowl is so unusual, I was grateful for this versatility. The Simple Stretchy Bind Off in this rib pattern goes as follows:

  1. Using color A, Pomegranate Heather, I started with K1, P1, then push the tip of the left-hand needle through the back loop of these two stitches and purl them together

  2. P1, then push the tip of the left-hand needle through the back loop of these two stitches and purl them together

  3. K1, push the tip of the left-hand needle through the back loop of these two stitches and knit them together

  4. P1, then push the tip of the left-hand needle through the back loop of these two stitches and purl them together

  5. K1, push the tip of the left-hand needle through the back loop of these two stitches and knit them together

  6. P1, then push the tip of the left-hand needle through the back loop of these two stitches and purl them together

  7. P1, then push the tip of the left-hand needle through the back loop of these two stitches and purl them together

  8. K1, push the tip of the left-hand needle through the back loop of these two stitches and knit them together

Repeat steps 1-8 until only one stitch remains. Cut the yarn and pass it through this stitch to close off.

Here’s a little video in slow motion that you can check out if you get stuck. I occasionally move the yarn to the back when I’m about to purl the next stitch, so ignore that part of you can.

 

I hope that by now you have your Willowworks Cowl all knit with any two Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Superwash colors, and blocked! With a little push to sew in your ends – perhaps a chocolate to eat as a reward for completion – you’ll have a lovely Christmas or Hanukkah or Winter Solstice or Chanumucia (Christmas, Hanukkah, and Santa Lucia all rolled into one…we may be the only ones who celebrate this particular holiday) gift to share this holiday season. Just a little taste of tomorrow’s post which is all about my troubles with planning my Christmas knits. See you soon!

 

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: Willowwork Cowl: how to knit RC and LC stitches and 1x1x1 LC too

Go to part 5: The honest truth about holiday knitting

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