May 31, 2011

Thinking about stretchy bind off methods

I started a Dream in Color Shrug (Ravelry) a while ago and I knit the lace section in three days. Since then, I haven't worked on it. I cast on provisionally so that both sleeves would be the same (the shrug is knit sideways) and I couldn't decide how to cast off the sleeves. My two choices are Elizabeth Zimmerman's sewn bind off or Jeny's Suprisingly Stretchy Bind Off from Knitty. They both seem interesting and I've been looking for an opportunity to try them.

Have you used any of those methods? Which one do you think is stretchier?

Dream in Color Shrug

Ξεκίνησα πρόσφατα ένα μπολερό με δαντέλα. Το σχέδιο λέγεται Dream in Color Shrug (Ravelry) και έπλεξα τη δαντέλα σε τρεις μέρες. Μετά όμως το άφησα. Έριξα τους πόντους με άλλο νήμα, επειδή το μπολερό πλέκεται πλάγια. Ήθελα τα δύο μανίκια να είναι ίδια. Θα σηκώσω τους πόντους από την άκρη που ξεκίνησα και οι δύο άκρες θα είναι ίδιες. Δεν μπορώ όμως να αποφασίσω ποια μέθοδο να χρησιμοποιήσω γιατί θέλω να έχει ελαστικότητα. Έχω δύο επιλογές, τη μέθοδο της Elizabeth Zimmerman και το Jeny's Suprisingly Stretchy Bind Off από το Knitty. Και τα δύο έχουν ενδιαφέρον και έψαχνα μια ευκαιρία να τα δοκιμάσω.

Έχετε χρησιμοποιήσει κάποια από αυτές τις μεθόδους; Ποια νομίζετε ότι έχει μεγαλύτερη ελαστικότητα;

Dream in Color shrug

(the first picture shows the color best)

(η πρώτη φωτογραφία δείχνει το χρώμα καλύτερα)


  1. I have not tried EZ sewn bind off but I have done the Russian bind off and it is very stretchy but it doesn't lay flat unless it is stretched out a bit. I believe it is similar to Jenny's surprisingly stretchy cast off.

  2. I do the sewn bind off on all my toe-up socks and I LOVE it. It takes a little bit longer, but is totally worth it. Cut your yarn about 3x the length of what you're binding off (I always cut extra because being short would seriously suck). thread it on to a darning needle. Insert needle purl-wise in to the first two stitches, then back knit wise through just the first stitch (pulling it off the needle)... over and over again. Very stretchy and very sturdy!

    Sarah :)

  3. I've done Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off and YES, it does exactly what it says on the tin, but it's a bit bulky. I find EZ's sewn bind off to be more time consuming, but more attractive also.

  4. Why don't you try youtube? I have seen more suitable (for your lacy project)stretchy bind-off methods.

  5. that color is absolutely gorgeous! love it.

    as for the bind off, i personally prefer jenny's to ez's due to the ease of execution, but i admit it does add some bulk. the bulk isn't as obvious when the item is being worn, though, and it really does stretch like a charm!

  6. I have only used the sewn bind off on 2x2 rib (the same method Sarah mentions a few comments above) but I love love love it!

  7. I've only done Jenny's surprisingly blah blah etc., and I didn't really like it. It used a lot of yarn and was too thick for my taste.

  8. I have tried both even if I can't really remember how the EZ looked like. Personnally I love the Jenny's surprisingly stretchy CO and use it for all my socks.

    The best you can do is try both on a little piece of knitting and see which one looks the best or is easiest to do for you, depending on what is most important for you.

    Alternatively, if you are lazy like me just try the Jenny CO on your sleeves for a couple of stitches and if you like the look of it keep on going! Then again, I often get lazy when it comes to finishing ;o)

  9. I haven't done the EZ bind off, but I love Jenny's method. It really is super stretchy!

  10. Love your blog! I found you as you posted on my SewMamaSew's giveaway... nice to meet you! Gorgeous!

  11. What a fun colorway you're using. I love shrugs as well. Can't wait to see the photo shoot