Neon Cardigan And A Tubular Bind Off

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This weekend I finally finished the Neon Cardigan.  I’m so pleased with the way it turned out!  I’m especially pleased with the tubular cast off on the hem and the cuffs.  This wasn’t written in the pattern, but a tubular edge just looks so neat and professional.  The way I do it is slightly different from the tutorials I’ve seen, so I’ll describe it here.  It works for 1 x 1 and 2 x 2 ribbing.

Knitting flat:

Right side row: Work all the knit stitches normally, and slip the purls with the yarn held in front.

Wrong side:  Same as the right side.

Knitting in the round:

Round one:  Work all the knit stitches normally, and slip the purls with the yarn held in front.

Round two:  Slip the knit stitches with the yarn held behind, and work the purl stitches normally.

Finally, I divide my stitches so that all the knits are on one needle, and all the purls are on a separate needle behind.  Then I Kitchener stitch the whole shebang.  Ann Kingstone describes this last bit wonderfully in her video.

Footnote:  I’ve used this method a number of times, and this is the reason that I’m fearless when it comes to Kitchener stitch.  By the time you grafted 100 odd stitches, it’s so clearly emblazoned in your brain that you never forget.

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