Casting On and Binding Off
The look and fit of our knitted items is greatly influenced by the cast on and bind off methods we choose. If we need stretch for the cuff of a sock, we might choose one of several variations of the long tail cast on for cuff-down socks or the suspended bind off for toe-up socks. For a beautiful finish on a ribbed collar, we might choose the tubular cast on/bind off. If we are binding off after knitting garter stitch, we might use the sewn bind off.
We’ll explore these and many more ways to get stitches on and off our needles (crochet cast on and bind off, Emily Ocker's cast on, 3-needle bind off, I-cord bind off), and we’ll come away with a general understanding of when and how to use each method.
As an added bonus, we’ll also discuss how to deal with two pesky issues that crop up when binding off: that loose last stitch when doing the traditional bind off and the jog that happens when binding off in circular knitting. Prerequisite: you should know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.