I just learned Icelandic bind-off which got me to thinking there must be more. Since I use up yarn leftovers making lapghans for hospice it would be useful to know all the matching ones. I have a book on both but not the “matching” part.
LOVE matching cast-on and bind-off edges. In fact I teach two different cast-on and bind-off classes, and they both feature matching edges. Some are simple, like casting on in pattern and binding off in pattern as below,
or pairing the crochet cast-on with a knit one, pass over bind-off as you see here,
These are both simple but perfect.
But there were other cast-ons that didn’t have a corresponding bind-off that I knew of, so I looked for pairs that would work.
I love German Twisted cast-on and wanted the perfect bind-off to pair with it. Since German Twisted has an extra twist that makes it a bit taller, I found that the double crochet bind-off looks great with it:
Here’s how to work a double crochet bind-off:
Step 1: Insert the hook into the first stitch on the needle knitwise, wrap the yarn around the hook as if to knit, then pull the wrapped yarn through the first stitch, removing the stitch and letting it drop from the needle.
*Repeat this step with the next stitch on the needle. You now have two loops on the hook.
Step 2: Wrap yarn around hook and pull the wrapped yarn through both loops. You now have one loop on the hook.
Repeat Step 1 from * and Step 2 until all stitches are bound off.
But you asked about the Icelandic bind-off. That creates a lovely braided edge. Problem is, I’ve never come across a cast-on that creates that look. But here in quaran-time, I’m going to roll up my sleeves, grab a snack, and figure it out.
Off to Iceland
The Icelandic bind-off is created by knitting one stitch, putting it back on the lefthand needle, pulling the next stitch through it, knitting it, and then removing them both. So at first I tried all sorts of variations of casting on two stitches and pulling the previous stitch through it to cast on the next, and what I got was a twisted tight mess. Approaching the problem systematically and logically, I felt it was best to eat a bag of Girl Scout cookies and a brick of cheddar cheese and try again.
Finally I realized the important element was the crisscross braided look that was made from a new stitch being made by crossing it over the previous one. So without further ado, I present to you, here for the first time ever, the first of two Quarantine cast-on/bind-off “unventions”—the Icelandic Cast-On:
The first of two, you ask? That’s right, since I have a bit of extra time on my hands now that I’ve gotten rid of pesky things like traveling for work, leaving my house, or sleeping, I decided to take on another matching issue that’s always bugged me.
I adore the delicate picot look of the Channel Island Cast-On, but I couldn’t find a Channel Island bind-off. There are some variations of picot bind-offs, but I’ve found them to be too picoty (that’s a word) or to take too many steps to remember. So I decided to lick the Cheetos dust off my fingers, finish that bottle of wine, and give it a try. Here’s my Channel Island Bind-Off:
I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed obsessing over creating them. It just goes to show you that with perseverance, patience, and copious amounts of junk food, there is nothing we can’t tackle. And of course, with all this sheltering in place and working from home, it’s also helpful to remember, pants are optional.
In the MDK Shop
Knitting Is Essential
I am a pediatrician working at a local community health center in a poor area in our inner city, so I am not as busy as my hospital/Internist/emergency room colleagues during this pandemic. We’ve scaled down to essential well baby visits that require vaccinations and few face to face acute appointments.
So knitting has been one of the things that is keeping me sane these days. Even pre-COVID, I always have a project bag in my car where I have my lunch and relax and get out of the clinic for an hour (if I have the luxury of an hour). This past week we transitioned to telemedicine and there are more empty slots in the schedule and sitting waiting for walk-ins or sick appointments is just getting me restless.
My big dilemma: Is it appropriate/acceptable/OK to be knitting while in my office while just waiting for the patients to come? My inbox task is empty. I tried reading medical articles and my brain can’t even handle it right now. I have a quota of how much COVID literature/news outside our office protocols I’m allowing myself to be exposed each day as it is overwhelming.
So there you go. I don’t want to look unprofessional if I pick up my sticks and string but the struggle is real …
Thanks for your wise words and warm regards. As you would say: wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and knit on.
Restless in Baltimore
PS Movie Trivia: Meg Ryan’s character in Sleepless in Seattle was from Baltimore, just saying …
This is a time for doing all you can and doing what you need. We all must be kind to each other, and I doubt anyone would find your knitting unprofessional.
In an uncharacteristically non smart-alecky way, I say to you, knit on, yes, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, knit on.
Until we meet again,