Monday, January 24, 2011

Binding off 2X2 Ribbing

Some of my wonderful knitting friends over on the KNITFreedom Ravelry group have wondered how to do a stretchy invisible bind off on 2x2 ribbing. I was just as curious, since many of my projects use 2x2. Our amazing teacher, Liat, has taught us how to do this on 1x1, but it's not so simple with 2x2. So, after being directed to a website with this technique by a fellow member, I decided to demonstrate it here!


The goal is to change the 2x2 ribbing to 1x1 ribbing so that we can actually do the invisible ribbed bind off. To do this, we must reconfigure the order of the stitches on the needle.


You are basically flipping the 2 middle stitches of the K2, P2 pattern, working with 4 stitches at a time. You will knit the first stitch of the pattern. In the picture below, I have just knitted the first stitch:
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Now, you slip the next stitch (we’re in pattern here, so this is the second knit stitch of the 2x2 ribbed pattern). I was having trouble with the stitch dropping, so I used a locking stitch marker to grab it off the left needle, and just let in hang in front of the work:
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Then we purl the next stitch, which is the first purl stitch of the pattern:
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Now we put the slipped stitch back on the needle. See, this is kind of like cabling; we’re basically flipping the positions of these two stitches on the needle:
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Now we knit this stitch. Notice that we are knitting knitted stitches and purling purled stitches. We just have to alter their order on the needle to make the new 1x1 ribbed pattern.
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And finally, we purl the last stitch:
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Now, look at the end result. You can see how the row of stitches that are on the needle are 1x1 now. And now you can proceed with Liat’s invisible ribbed bind off!
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And here it is now that I have finished the invisible ribbed bind off:

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5 comments:

  1. Welcome to the blogging world!
    A big hug from Argentina :-)

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  2. Awesome! I have just recently gotten back into knitting (especially making socks) and I have a pattern for a sock that is 2x2 rib and was wondering how I could do Liat's invisible rib bind off. Thanks so much for this tutorial! :o)

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  3. Thanks for all the tips, they do help.

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  4. Thank you for this. You explain very clearly and your photos are really big and in focus! I also love the idea of using the locking stitch marker.

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  5. Fantastic instructions. I've been wanting to master this for ages, I've just followed your method and my bind off looks fab. thanks so much

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