After binding off four times, I'm satisfied with the tubular cast off method. I liked learning how to do it and it works well I think. This is out of the Alafoss Lopi yarn I bought in Reykjavik last summer and based on the Fugl pattern. I added in short rows, opted not the put in the zipper, and sized it using EZ's system and the Cobblestone sweater I knit last year. It's not yet blocked but fits well anyway!! Too bad we're having a warm spell here in Denver. Could've used it last week in all the snow. Oh well... winter's on its way no doubt.