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Tubular bind-off is a laborious yet elegant way to finish a ribbed edge. You divide the stitches onto two needles, the knits on one, the purls on another. When you join these two batches of stitches together with Kitchener stitch, the result is an edge that magically goes from front to back in an uninterrupted column of knit stitches.

You’re looking at k1, p1 just wantonly, irresponsibly left out in the plain air. One misplaced cat could have blown out the whole thing. I shudder. You want to get these knits and purls onto their two separate needles as fast as humanly possible.

Key to success: do your sewing with shorter lengths of yarn, wet-spliced together. This makes for a lot less pulling and breaking of yarn as you Kitchener.

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When doing something tedious and potentially soul-sucking as, say, a line of Kitchener equivalent to 35 sock toes, an audiobook takes the edge right off. Not only did I get through the bind-off, I’m now deep in stanky, vivid Henry VIII intrigue.

The result, at the halfway point:

It’s going to be great when it matches the tubular cast-on at the neckline, someday.


  • I have a question. What if you are making a hat , say the woodcutter’s toque, which has no ribbing. It just says cast on and then you start the cabling. Whar is a good cast ON for that? I would like it to have a nice edge.

    • I think that a tubular cast ON would be a good starting edge, and there are good internet and YouTube directions for that. Tried it recently and it looked perfect. And yes, I know this comment is two years late, but this post just popped up on my Facebook feed today (???), so here’s my two cents worth of advice.

  • I love your tutorials!! Unfortunately, the last three tutorials I visited had broken links for all of the step-by-step photos!! Is it something that I am doing wrong..? Is there a way to fix this dilemma?!

    Thank you ever so kindly!!


  • Love it!

  • I have knitted a scarf in twin rib stitch in two halves. Little did I know that I can’t discover where to find out HOW to join them. I can’t follow your instructions. Do I really put each knit and purl stitch on the two needles and do the normal kitchener stitch?

  • Is it possible to do this with a 2×2 rib? If so, how do I go about it?

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