Wednesday, May 14, 2008

No more step decrease

Smooth sailing all the way!

Does it ever bother you that when you bind off for the armhole (bind off four stiches on the next two rows, then two more on the next, then so on and so forth..) it leaves you with a jagged, stepped edge that is very unpleasing to the eye?

Well, maybe you are not as anal as I,but I never liked those "steps," and always wondered how to get rid of them. At the knitting retreat a couple of weeks ago I learned how. It's a neat little trick. First you bind of the first row normally. Then on the return row, you work until the last stitch, then turn your work, leaving on stitch on the right needle.

Knit (or purl) the first stitch on the left needle, then pass the lonely stitch over, the bind off the rest as required. Presto! You get a smooth, curved edge.

No more steps, yeah!

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