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