I've been telling you for days that I'm only a few rows from finishing the Jitterbug Socks. Well, this morning, I sat myself down with the socks and the camera and finished them off. Since I did a new-to-me, slightly funky bind off for this toe up sock, I thought I'd share.
Now, I was doing a 2x1 rib for the cuff, but I'd decided that I wanted a tubular bind off for the top. A tubular bind off works really well with a 1x1 rib, but not so much with the 2x1. What's a girl to do??
I'm sure there are any number of options, but here's what I did.
On the second to last row of the sock, instead of my happy 2 x 1 rib, I worked bar increases into the first knit of every pair. In other words, kfb (knit into the front and back of the first knit stitch), k1, p1. It looks something like this:
You can see the little bars between the two knit stitches.
Then, I slid all of the stitches on the first needle of the round onto the second needle, so that I had two empty dpns to work with. I could as easily have grabbed another needle (or a nice circ), but I'm away from my home needle collection. Having gotten two needles available, I then slipped the knit stitches on to one needle (and held it toward the front) and all the purl stitches onto another (and held it toward the back). This was a bit fiddly, as it was slip one to front needle, slip one to back needle, repeat.
Thus, from the front, it looks like this:
From the top, it looks like this:
This puts me exactly in place to start the grafting part of the tubular bind off. I started a bit oddly, in an effort to avoid the end-of-round jog. I failed to photograph this fiddly bit, but I did take pictures of every step in the regular grafting process. (See below).
1) I inserted my yarn needle into the first stitch on the front needle as if to purl, and pulled the yarn through,
2) then inserted my yarn needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to knit, and pulled the yarn through,
3) then I inserted my needle into the first stitch on the front needle again -- though this time as if to knit and pulled the yarn through. Instead of pulling the stitch wholly off the needle, as one would normally do while grafting (or working the Kitchener stitch, whichever name you prefer), I slipped that stitch onto the end of the neighboring dpn before slipping the yarn needle through the next stitch on the front needle as if to purl and pulling the yarn through.
4) then, I slipped the yarn needle through the first stitch on the back needle as if to purl, and pulled the yarn through. Again, instead of sliding the stitch off the needle and letting it fall, I slipped it onto the neighboring dpn. Then, I insterted my yarn needle into the next stitch on the back needle as if to knit and pulled the yarn through.
This set me up for standard grafting procedure.
2) Slide that first stitch off the needle, and slip the yarn needle into the next stitch as if to purl
3: Pull the yarn through, and snug it up gently.
5: Slip that stitch off the needle, and insert the yarn needle into the next stitch as if to knit:
6: Pull the yarn through and snug it up gently.
Repeat steps 1 to 6 until you're done!
Soon, I'll even have pics of the socks themselves. For now, here's the heel.