This year I said I was going to at least learn one new thing about knitting each month. When I found myself about to cast off the shoulders of a cardigan the other night, my subconscious was clearly thinking in this direction, as I wondered if there was a better way to cast off a shoulder.
I headed for the bookshelf and my copy of Cast On Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor.
In it I found the ‘Sloped Bind Off’.
The sloped bind off softens out that steps that form when you cast off with a more traditional bind off and creates a more even edge for seaming. (I would show you a picture of a traditional bind off, but, off course, I didn’t cast off that way. If anyone has one I could ‘borrow’ make this post a better explanation, please let me know.)
If you fancy having a go, here’s how to do it…
Working a sloped bind off
- Work up to the last stitch on the row before the first cast off row.
- Leave last stitch unworked and turn the knitting.
- Slip the first stitch on the left hand needle purlwise onto the right hand needle – I’m assuming you’re right handed here, so slip from right to left if you’re knitting left handed.
- Pass the unworked stitch over the slipped stitch
- Now continue to bind the row off as you would normally.
- When binding off is complete work across the row.
- On the row before the next bind off (and every other row before a bind off) work up to the last stitch on the row as before, turn the work and repeat casting off as above.
Et voilà! A smoother shoulder cast off…
Now I’ve got it out, I’m going to have a deeper delve into Cast on Bind Off to see what else I don’t know.
Hope you week’s going well.