A thing about myself I keep trying to change is that when something gets tricky—or more accurately, I think it’s getting tricky—I ditch it for an easier road.
That happened to me almost instantly as soon as I was done with knitting the two rectangles that magically turn into Jeanette Sloan’s Mood Cardigan. Tubular Bind-Off? Scary words right there. Better put it down for a bit to galvanize the spine.
Guess what. The Tubular Bind-off is not scary.
Here’s how you make the cuffs on the Mood Cardigan, in four easy steps that almost any reasonably seasoned knitter can do without any fuss whatsoever.
Step 1: Knit the Cuff Part
All this part consists of is : 14 rows of 1 x 1 ribbing. Child’s play.
I done it. Where’s my cookie? The yarn is rustic fingering, held single.
Step 2: Two Slippy-Stitchy Rows
Row 1: Knit the knits and slip the purls.
Row 2: Slip the knits and purl the purls.
This part is so easy I didn’t even take a picture. I just did it.
Step 3: The Great Separation
This step requires no special skills, just an extra circular needle and a dab of patience.
You slip the knits onto the front needle. You slip the purls onto the back needle.
When you’re done, it looks like this:
Does this remind you of anything? Bueller? If it reminds you of the set-up for grafting, aka Kitchener Stitch, aka How We Close the Toe of a Cuff-Down Sock, there’s a good reason for that. It’s because the next step is:
Step 4: Regular Old Grafting
For this step, if you are not Kitchener-confident, I commend unto you the miraculous video by Lorilee Beltman: Memorize the Kitchener Stitch. It’s life-changing.
Lorilee’s video is so good that I was able to graft this cuff without a repeat watching of the video.
She taught me so well that I just know how to graft now. 84 stitches grafted, no problem. Rejoice!
One thing I’ve been kind of anxious about, but not anxious enough to read ahead in the pattern, is wondering how I’m supposed to know where to attach the body rectangle to the sleeve rectangle so that the thing ends up a cardigan with symmetrical fronts.
I needn’t have worried about this. Jeanette Sloan has us covered, people! The pattern tells exactly where to place markers before sewing the seams. Line up your markers, seam the seams, and Bob’s your uncle.
I will show you in my next Mood Cardigan post.
Knitting Help from Jeanette Sloan
For those just starting their Mood Cardigans (I’m looking at you, Ann), Jeanette Sloan has help for your provisional cast-on of the sleeve. Over in the MDK Lounge, some Moodsters have hesitated at the pattern’s instruction to cast on provisionally in waste yarn, and then immediately begin the lace stitch pattern. Doing this means that you will be working decreases into the provisional cast on. There is nothing wrong with this, but it might feel wrong. It did feel a little weird to me, so I purled the first row before starting the lace pattern.
Jeanette offers an excellent picture tutorial on how to deal with the creation and ultimate unzipping of the crochet provisional cast-on, right here on her website.
Looking forward to a great rush of Mood Cardigans now that we’ve gotten to the bottom of this Tubular Bind-Off business.