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How to bind off toe-up socks
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Apr 28, 2011 15:00:30   #
caryn
 
I just started knitting toe up socks and am very pleased with the process except for the cuff. My bind off made the cuff inflexible and hard to pull over my foot. Is there a way to get a more flexible bind-off?
 
Apr 28, 2011 15:03:18   #
Charity Knitter
 
I think using a larger size needle when binding off might help.
Apr 28, 2011 15:43:56   #
jlschulke
 
A while back on this site, there were some youtube links posted for making stretchy castoffs. One of them was with a tapestry needle.
Apr 28, 2011 16:22:37   #
CrochetQueen
 
Use looser stitches for the row before casting off or attach elastic to REALLY oversized ankles, whichever sounds better to you and how comfortable you will be.
Apr 28, 2011 16:30:19   #
TammyK (a regular here)
 
Here are a couple of options:

Jeny' Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abBhe-JYmgI
Elizabeth Zimmermann's Sewn Bind-Off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qtiYjwMAiU
Apr 29, 2011 06:52:24   #
dragonkeeper
 
This is the method I use. It's a wonderful stretchy bind off and seems goofy at first, but just trust the instructions. http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/2mlsocks_bindoff.htm
She has some wonderful tutorials.
 
Apr 29, 2011 07:38:51   #
tamarque (a regular here)
 
I have tried several BO's. Stretchy is very important since I have a very wide calf. I have done the knitted BO that dragonkeeper suggests and it works well. I have used larger needles. Youtube has several different BO methods that you can explore and see which ones work for you.
Apr 29, 2011 07:59:31   #
past
 
You did not indicate if you were binding off in the rib stitch or not. Also is you sock ending with a k2/p2 pattern? I have found that k2/p2 or k3/p3 for the cuff is more stretchy and make sure that you bind off sticking with the same rib pattern.
Apr 29, 2011 08:15:43   #
fiddlerbird555
 
I tend to do a garter-stitch edging. It's nothing you can't do already. You can look up more detail but it's essentially cast on two stitches, knit 3,* turn & knit 3 again, then turn, knit 2, knit 2 together, repeat from * as needed.

Or I cheat & put a ruffle on the edge before binding off. (Ruffles can be simple -- an increase on every stitch for a row or 3 -- after that, NOTHING will be too tight.
Apr 29, 2011 09:00:06   #
AllyMu
 
I use elastic thread in combination with the yarn. This also helps keep the socks from falling down, even if you jump around. Haven't tried it yet on toe up, just finishing my first pair, but have used it on cuff down socks. Also go up a size in your needles. With toe up you can try them on and see which method works best for you.
Apr 29, 2011 11:14:14   #
May
 
fiddlerbird555 wrote:
I tend to do a garter-stitch edging. It's nothing you can't do already. You can look up more detail but it's essentially cast on two stitches, knit 3,* turn & knit 3 again, then turn, knit 2, knit 2 together, repeat from * as needed.

Or I cheat & put a ruffle on the edge before binding off. (Ruffles can be simple -- an increase on every stitch for a row or 3 -- after that, NOTHING will be too tight.


Wow... can't wait to try it out... and add a ruffle? Neat... thank you!
May
 
Apr 29, 2011 11:32:14   #
dragonkeeper
 
A ruffle!!! What a wonderful idea!!! Now I want to start a pair of socks!
Apr 29, 2011 16:44:42   #
smoqui
 
I'm not sure what it's called, but I use a bind off which gives a nice stretch edge. On your bind off row, (I'm basing this on k1 p1 ribbing, make necessary changes if not) K1, P1, pass the K st over the p st. Work a yarn over in direction needed to work the next stitch (that is, if you are going to purl the next stitch, make your yarn over in the direction that leaves your working yarn on the front. If next stitch will be a knit stitch, do your yarn over in the opposite direction so your working yarn ends up in back. Work the next stitch, then pass both the yarn over and the previous stitch over. (It's sometimes hard to do both together if you knit a bit tight, so it's okay if you do them one at a time). For the next stitch, repeat the process. In other words do a stitch, yarn over, stitch, then pass the yarn over and previous stitch over. It's actually much easier to do than it is to put in writing. Try it out. When you tension each stitch, pull out any unnecessary slack, but don't make it vise-tight. Just normal tension. I think you'll find this makes a perfectly acceptable bind off for socks, sweater necklines, etc. I now use it for almost everything, because I have a tendency for my bind off to be so tight it spoils my projects. Good luck. Please feel free to ask any questions.
Apr 29, 2011 17:49:38   #
choupette
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMcvNol_yFQ&feature=related
Apr 30, 2011 01:32:26   #
blorchak
 
TammyK wrote:
Here are a couple of options:

Jeny' Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abBhe-JYmgI
Elizabeth Zimmermann's Sewn Bind-Off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qtiYjwMAiU


This first bind off is excellent for the toe-up socks and is extra-stretchy. I use it all the time!!!
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