Tubular Bind Off

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Or perhaps I should call this Je Suis Fini!

Yesterday after posting how to do the French Cast On (Formerly known as Tubular Cast On), I had the inevitable questions of how to bind off in this manner.  I know that the infamous Elizabeth Zimmerman has her sewn bind off, which is similar, but lacking in one very important way.  My method involves 2 rows of set-up which truly give you the stretch that is desired.

Here we go!  Finish your ribbing to the length that you want.

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  • Set up Row #1. *Knit first stitch (I continued to use my twisted rib), With yarn in front, slip the next purl stitch (slip as if to purl)**       Continue from * to ** to end of row.

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  • Set up Row #2. *With yarn in back, slip the next knit stitch (slip as if to purl), Purl the next stitch**     Continue from * to ** to end of row.

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  • Prepare for cast off.  Using 2 don’s held side by side, slip the knit stitches to the front needle, and the purl stitches to the back needle.

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  • Now, Cut a long enough tail to Kitchener off all of the ribbing.  I have done this for 300+ stitches, just with a very long tail.
  • Start Kitchenering the front knit stitches to the back purl stitches, one at a time.  Much like sewing together at the end of a sock at the toe.  This post explains the process to Kitchener.
  • Here is a good video explaining how to Kitchener.

  • Keep your tension taught, not too loose or it will be sloppy, nor too tight or you will defeat the purpose of this lovely bind-off.

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  • Since we are working in a round, only a few stitches at a time can be set up on to the front and back cast off needles.  Because I use 5 dpns, I do the first needle, then the second then the final 2 together. Once you have reached the approximate 1/2 way point, you can put the remainder of the stitches on the cast off needles and finish sewing off.

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At the end you have a slight jog, which is taken care of when weaving in the end of the yarn.

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And Voila! again.  Once you get the hang of it, the process is very quick.  I bound off these 48 sts in less than 5 minutes, including taking photos.

You have a lovely finished edge that truly distinguishes the finished product from craft to art.

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