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July 18, 2009

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Colleen G

So, is a tubular cast off essentially a Kitchener stitch on the other end? If you had an even number of stitches, would you still need to make stitches in the last round? I'll have to try that the next time I'm doing toe up socks. Is it as stretchy as the sewn bind off?

ShadowDancer

Colleen,

The tubular bind off is the inverse of the tubular cast on.

Basically, you kitchener the top closed. You don't need to make extra stitches, I just wanted to convert from k2p1 to k1p1, and the extras make sure it's plenty stretchy.

It works particularly well on the k1 p1 rib, b/c the purls are already there to be the inside, and what you see is a knit stitch folding over the top.

I've never compared it to a sewn bind off.... but if you're not going to be done for another two weeks, I can show you the socks in person so you can decide. :-)

kmkat

Clever you! I have done a bind off at the top of the cuff where, after binding off each stitch, I slip the remaining stitch back onto the left needle and knit it again. This makes a nice stretchy bindoff; looks a little wonky in the hand but just fine on the leg.

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