Knitting Idea…….I dislike binding off. Or to be more precise, I dislike the actions involved in the regular ‘pass first st over the second’ method. If you feel the same, try this idea instead!
This gives a looser edge and is faster and smoother to work (especially on a purl row) than the usual ‘lift stitch over’ method. The path of the yarn is no different to that of the normal bound off edge. This method can be used in most circumstances, once you have had a little practice.
On a Knit Row _ K1, * slip the tip of the LHN purlwise into the new st pointing towards the back of the work, keep the needle in this position whilst you put the tip of RHN knitwise (as usual) into the next st to be worked. (The needle should stick out at the back between the second and first sts, forcing the two sts to form an X on the needle). Throw the yarn as for a normal knit st, bring the loop through both sts in turn (between the legs of the X at the front of the needle). Repeat from *.
On a Purl Row _ P1, ** slip the tip of the LHN purlwise into the new st, slip the tip of the RHN purlwise into the next st to be worked, p2t. Repeat from **.