So far, I’ve bound off the three edges of my February Lady three different ways. The first bind off, on the body, is a regular knit bind off with a needle two sizes larger, as requested in the pattern. It looks very tidy.
The second bind off, on the first sleeve, is a knit bind off with the same size needle, because I didn’t have a larger needle with me, and I knew I’d go back and re-do it but I wanted to start the second sleeve.
The third bind off, on the second sleeve, is a purl bind off, because I liked the way it looked on the February Baby sweater, but I used the larger needle as requested in the Lady pattern. I don’t like it. It’s too “loopy” or something.
I think what it needs is a purl bind off with the same size needle that was used for the knitting, as in the baby sweater. It would make it match the cast on edge better than the knit bind off (I used long tail).
If I had used a cable cast on, the knit bind off would match, but that’s not the look I was looking for. Can you say “picky?” “Obsessive?” “Knuts?”
All this talk about edges and bind offs must make you think that I’m done, right? Well, sort of. But I’ve decided that the sleeves want to be about three lace repeats longer than they are. Apparently, I’m a trial and error knitter. But willing to rip to get what I want, always.