02 June 2009

Tutorial: Sewn Kitchener Rib Bind Off

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Meet my new favorite bind off! I've been meaning to try this bind off ever since seeing it in Katharina Buss' Big Book of Knitting. Once I had done it, I modified it to work in the round, and it is my new favorite bind off for an edge where you need extra stretch. (Think sock tops!) If you are using heavier than sock weight yarn, the bind off looks best on 1 x 1 rib. If you are using lighter yarn like a sock weight, it looks good on other ribs, as well. I've used it on 2 x 2 and 2 x 1 and it makes a neat and tidy stretchy edge.

1. There are two set up rounds. First set up round (with 1 x 1 ribbing: p, k) [sl1 st with yarn in front, k1] to end.

2. Second set up round: [p1, sl 1 st with yarn in back] to end.

3. Cut yarn, leaving a tail that is at least three times the width of your knitting (in this case, the circumference). Thread blunt tapestry needle with yarn.

We'll be starting with the first two stitches of the round.

4. Insert needle from left to right through first two stitches.

Pull yarn tight.

5. Pass the purl stitch (first stitch of the round) onto the last needle of the round.

The knit stitch is still on your first needle.

6. Drop the knit stitch off your needle.

7. (You'll be working stitches in pairs.) Insert needle from left to right through purl st (next stitch on the needle).

8. Insert needle from right to left through last knit st dropped from needle and knit st on other side of purl st.

9. Pull yarn tight and insert needle from right to left through purl st.

10. Slide both sts (purl and knit) off needle and pull yarn tight.

Continue repeating steps 7-10 as shown above until you reach the last st on the needle. This is the stitch moved from the first needle at the beginning of the process.

11. Insert needle from left to right.

12. Insert needle from right to left through knit stitches on either side of the last purl st.

13. Pull yarn tight and insert needle from right to left though purl st.

14. Pull st off needle.

15. Insert needle through knitting from front to back.

16. Weave in ends.

And there you have it! Super stretchy and neat as a pin.

Love this bind off. :)



Blogger Dani said...

Cool, thanks Rosemary!

4:06 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

The Kitchener stitch is my favorite bind off, but I've never seen it done in the round. Now I've got to knit a pair of socks to give this a whirl. Thanks!

2:43 PM  
Anonymous A Lovely Thing said...

That looks so professional. Bookmarking!

6:55 PM  
Blogger pearl said...

thank you so much, Rosemary! your great photos make this so clear, so easy to understand.

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rosemary, you are the greatest for sharing.
Is it done just the same with 2x2?
Maria of knackfulknitter (at) q.com and who cannot remember her account info! :)

9:55 AM  
Blogger vanessa said...

way cool!

4:19 PM  
Blogger Tinker said...

How would this be modified (if at all)for purl 2, knit 1 ribbing?

8:22 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I'm also wondering how to modify for a 2x1. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

3:32 AM  
Blogger jooleedoh said...

this is amazing! exactly what i needed to repair my hat. :)

10:35 AM  

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