Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind off, Fall 2009
This bind off combines the classic simple bind off with a yarn wrap. It is thus named because it defies logic that anything so simple would be so elastic. Before you scoff, give it a try. It has a higher elasticity than Elizabeth Zimmermann’s sewn bind off, and has an advantage in that it is not sewn, and therefore easier to execute over a long length of fabric. For optimum elasticity, avoid snugging the stitches tightly after you knit or purl them. NOTES This bind off is well-suited to hats, sweater necks, and especially toe-up socks – anything that requires a lot of stretch to get into place! To process a knit stitch: Yarn-over in reverse (that is, wrap the opposite direction around the needle from the standard yarnover)... knit 1... insert left needle into yo and pull it over the stitch that was just knit. To process a purl stitch: Yarn-over (in the usual direction) purl 1... insert left needle into yo and pull it over the stitch that was just purled.