A cast off (also called a “bind off”) creates an end to your knitting. It’s a safe and neat way to seal off the stitches so that they don’t unravel. To cast off knitting, start on a new row, and knit two stitches loosely. It’s important to keep the stitches loose so your cast off edge will remain stretchy.
Whats the difference between cast off and bind off?
In the US we generally say “bind off” to refer to finishing the edge of a knitting project, while in the UK, they generally say “cast off”. Whichever term your pattern uses, the technique is exactly the same!
What does it mean to bind off in knitting?
In knitting, binding off, or casting off, is a family of techniques for ending a column (a wale) of stitches. Binding off is typically used to define the final (usually upper, taking the cast on edge as the lower) edge of a knitted fabric, although it may also be used in other contexts, e.g., in making button holes.
Should you always bind off in pattern?
Always, always, always bind off loosely. This includes the stitches that you are knitting or purling during the process as well as when you pass a stitch over and off. Don’t tug, pull, or yank the yarn as you work each stitch.
What does cast off in pattern mean?
Hi Linda – yes, “binding-off in pattern” means to knit the knits and purl the purls (as you have done in the ribbing up to that point), then binding off as you go. In other words, work a normal rib row, but every time you have two stitches on the right needle, bind one off over the other.
Does casting off count as a row?
The cast on doesn’t count as a row. But it’s easier to count all the rows in the worked fabric, below the needle, and just not count the loops on the needle.
Do you cast off on the right or wrong side?
I prefer Casting Off on the Right Side of my work, which is the front side. … You usually end a pattern after knitting the wrong side, or backside, so I’m going to start our Cast Off row on the right side.
Do you cast off in pattern?
If a pattern features rib at a cuff or a welt, chances are it’s to give elasticity and snugness. It would be a pity to take away some of that stretchiness when you cast off, so a very common instruction is to “cast off in pattern”.