One of the best ways to finish off toe-up socks, neck bands of bottom-up sweaters, cuffs of top-down sweaters, and other seamless pieces that need an elastic edge is to bind off stitches using the tubular bind off technique.
Yes, this method is a bit tedious, but you’ve spent hours working on that project and it deserves a proper treatment of its bind off edge. It is a lot like a bang at the end of a beautiful piece of music – something that will make you proud of your work. And that feeling is well worth the extra effort we are going to put into forming this neat elastic edge.
Don’t worry – I broke down the process of making this lovely elastic edge into five simple steps. Follow these steps and you’ll master this knitting technique without any issues.
There is nothing tricky about tubular bind off, as long as we understand what we are doing. And that understanding is what I’m happy to share with you in this tutorial.
As you see, tubular bind off forms a beautiful edge on a fabric worked in any stitch pattern – even a humble stockinette stitch gets an upgrade with this edging. But, of course, this method really shines when we use it to form an elastic edge on projects worked in “knit 1, purl 1” ribbing.
The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #5. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (336 pages!) with this and 46 other tutorials included in the collection.
You will also receive three knitting patterns as a special bonus, so go ahead and get it all right now before you forget 😊
If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:
“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book
Discover six pairs of cast on and bind off methods that form identical edges on projects worked flat and in the round.
“Neat Side Edges” Book
Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.
Dealing with Unfinished Projects
Dictionary of Knitting Symbols and Abbreviations – E-Book
Eastern (Russian) Knitting Simplified
How to Shape Neckline Without Binding Off Stitches – E-Book