Modified Basic Bind Off for Loom Knit Edges
The basic bind-off just wasn’t working for me. I kept getting one end that was wider and the other tighter regardless of the type of loom or yarn. It looked odd and I needed to find a better solution to a technique that was pretty good and seemed to work for other people but not me. I had seen someone add a crochet single stitch and I tried that. It was alright but left a tiny hole. I was frustrated. I played around and changed just one thing. The modified basic bind off did the trick.
I just added an extra step every 2-3 stitches depending on the tension and done. Once I tighten my loose ends from my cast-on I ended up with clean edges, squared points and identical widths on both ends I was one happy Loomy.
Below are Text , Pictures and a Video tutorial.
First, The Instructions for the Basic Bind-Off
Follow the picture and text instructions below for the Traditional Basic Bind-0ff. If like me, you’re a visual learner, use the video tutorial at the end of this post. In less than 5 minutes you will master this really cool cast-off method.
Loom: Used in the Pictures and the Video is the KB Adjustable Hat Loom
Stitch: The Stitch Pattern in the Pictures and Video is the Double Basket Stitch
This technique is worked over 2 pegs.
Step 1: Wrap Peg 2
Step 2: Knit-off
Step 3: Take Loop from Peg 2
Step 4: Place it on Peg 1
Step 5: Knit off
Step 6 : Move Loop from Peg 1 on Peg 2
Repeat the process.
The Modified Version
To create the change in the original technique I’ve really only changed one thing and that is done after every second or third stitch id bind-off.
I wrap both pegs 1 and 2 (instead of only peg 2) then continue with the same steps as above.
When I bind off the next 2 – 3 stitches I modify the first step again by wrapping both pegs 1 and 2 until I have only 3 wrapped pegs left to bind-off.
I then do a modify basic bind off and when I only have 2 stitches left I DON’T wrap the last peg but instead move it to the peg next to it, knit off and then feed the working yarn through that last peg.
For a better visual see the video below.
Please watch the whole video before attempting the technique. This will make the process a lot simpler and you will feel more assured that you can handle this cast-off method.
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