Archive for October 3rd, 2014

Bind Off Loosely

The minute I read those words in a pattern I instinctively tense up. Am I going to work it loose enough? On the other hand, I don’t want it too loose. Should I use the regular two-needle bind off? A sewn bind off? Maybe I should be getting out my books on various bind offs and search through them for a bind off that might work. Do I really need to run upstairs and retrieve the books? Can’t I just bind off? Why am I making this so difficult?

Such was the relaxed state of mind I possessed going into the bind off for the shawl. After working out the few kinks in the pattern, the shawl was actually looking very good and I didn’t want a tight bind off to ruin it.

Scallop Edge Shawl 1 knit

I debated and stressed over sewn bind off or two needle bind off. It’s a routine torture I put myself through at the end of every knitting project. Finally I decided on the two needle bind off because the final row to be bound off had yarn overs in it and I felt a sewn bind off wouldn’t work.

Scallop Edge Shawl 2 knit

To get a loose, but not too loose, bind off I decided to go up one needle size. I looked for that size needle in every needle box I have: straight, circulars, even my double-pointed needle box. I have been knitting for years, yet I never have the needle size I need. How is that possible?

When I dumped out the needles on the floor, the pile was higher than my ankle, and nowhere in that stack was the size I needed. However, Yarn Rascal was besides himself with tail thumping joy when he saw the needles hit the floor. He made right for the pile and I quickly intercepted him. He spent the rest of my search on The Skipper’s lap. Oh, how that little dog wanted to help.

Scallop Edge Shawl 3 knit

I ended up doing the regular two needle bind off with the same size needles as I used for the body. I’m pretty happy with the overall results. It’s the Scallop-Edge Shawlette by Tempting Ewe.

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