Bind offs and edges

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).

cast on

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.


8 responses to “Bind offs and edges

  1. I love the color! I can’t wait to see the FO. Trial and error is my method often too….

  2. I’m glad you’re doing this first. It’s good to see what others do. I agree with the purl bind off with the same needle, that’s what I did on the baby one and it really matched well.

  3. Wow. I’m just in awe of your work. I had a costuming teacher in theatre school who was a master knitter. She was a nutty old Scottish woman (loved her to death!) and she decided she’d teach me how to knit.

    I tried. I really did. At this point, I had successfully built hats in millinery class, made a corset from scratch, made a gorgeous period gown from a set of old velvet curtains we stole out of a classroom window – what could be so hard about knitting?

    I failed miserably. Just couldn’t do it. My tension was wonky, I dropped stitches all over the place, and after knitting and re-knitting the same 6 inch square for several weeks, with no improvement, I gave up.

    I’m so envious.

  4. My method is trial, error, error, error, cry, error, rip, error, cry more, trial


  5. The pics really show off the color! I just ordered some worsted to dye for sweaters! I can’t wait to knit one for me!

  6. I don’t care what bind off you use, I just love, love, love that color! 🙂

  7. That really is a beautiful yarn – what a great color! Can’t wait to see your finished sweater…

  8. Interesting study on bind offs for the sweater.

    I normally use the cable cast-on for my knitting, but haven’t yet figured out what the corresponding bind-off would be to match it.