Ideas on how to bind off ...

So I've made several pairs of socks going toe-up. I have not yet found a bind-off method that I like. Whatever method I have used to bind off, I've always ended up feeling like the top of the sock is not very elastic. What have you guys found that has worked well for a cuff that feels sort of "stretchy?" The cuff I'm working on now is K1P1.

Thanks for your help.



MMario's picture

Try this. Knit 1; slip it back to the left needle;p2tog; slip back to the left needle; k2tog tbl.

It's a pretty stretchy bind off. Especially if you go up a needle size or two.

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QueerJoe's picture

I only knit toe-up socks and always use Elizabeth Zimmermann's Kitchener-like bind-off. It supposedly replicates the long-tail cast-on:

Thanks Mario and Joe. I knew if I heard back from anyone on this it would be the two of you knitting gurus. I've done the kitchener bind off once before and it felt like a lot of hard work, but then it's new to me so maybe it just takes practice. I'll try my luck with the bind off, then post pics of the socks. Yeah, sure, like MWK doesn't get enough pics of socks ...


Thomasknits's picture

I've always had the same exact problem! I was thinking about trying a tubular cast-off next time I make a pair of socks...


crmartin's picture

I use the method Mmario suggested and it works very well for me without going up a needle size.



You might try my solution to a similar situation, mitten cuffs. Stop knitting before you start the cuff, but keep the stitches "live" (don't bind them off). Then cast on an equal number of stitches in the round using a tubular cast-on method and knit the cuff to the desired length. I usually use a k1p1 rib. When the cuff is the desired length, graft it to the body of the sock / mitten using the Kitchener stitch and a tapestry needle. Of course, this method means you have to overcome any aversion you might have to grafting. My advice: get over it, the sooner the better (I avoided it for over 20 years, and wish I had pushed myself to get over it earlier). I didn't invent this approach: a friend in college showed me sweaters her Croatian mother knit for her, where she used this technique for collars.

QueerJoe's picture

What a great and simple solution to this...I have finally gotten to the point where I can remember how to graft without looking at instructions, but the E.Z. sewn bind-off requires me to look it up every time.

Thanks to daninaa and his college friend's Croatian mother, I now have a new tool in my knitting toolbox. Thanks!

scottly's picture

I love this idea. I'm thinking it might solve some other problems with other projects as well. I hate binding off more then anyting and I think the Kitchener stitch graft is fun. I know this sounds all new age but once you conceptualize what the stitch is doing its' easy to remember how to do it.