They Say You Should Stretch

By Megan Goodacre

They Say You Should Stretch

Love hand knitted socks. Wearing them, that is. But knitting tiny tubes on tiny needles? Blerg. (I've been listening to Tina Fey's Bossypants, and I think I'm starting to channel her).

So, not being a sock knitter, I never paid too much attention to sock chit chat. Stretchy bind offs, toes, turning heels, sock symposiums.

But then I realized that I should not have turned away from this useful knowledge! I was finishing my new shawl pattern, and realized that a regular bind off would not do. I needed a stretchy bind off! I should have listened.

Thank goodness for the internet, it's always there for you. I found out that there are many stretchy bind offs, and that sometimes they are called lacy bind offs. Ahhh.

Anyways, the one I ended up using is a little decorative, very stretchy and open, and looks like a normal bind off on the right side.

On the wrong side, it's quite attractive, which is how I used it. How to do it: K2, *put tip of left needle through the front of the 2 sts on the right needle, knit them together, k1; rep from *. (I admit I chose this method because it is one of the easiest).