By Patty Lyons
I’m so glad we had this time together — just to have a laugh or sing a song … anyone, anyone? OK, for those of you not old enough to remember The Carol Burnett Show, that’s my way of saying it’s time for our KAL to come to a close!
We’ve covered a lot of ground! Last week, we learned how to fix mistakes, but there are still three important steps left: binding off, fastening off and blocking.
Just as we needed a special cast-on to travel around the path of our lace, we also need a special bind-off. There are many bind-offs that will give you a bit more room, but here’s one of my favorites.
Once we bind off, we need to finish off in a special way for an in-the-round project. First let’s talk about the last stitch. I’m not a fan of stringing your yarn tail through the last stitch, because that actually creates an extra stitch. It sticks out like a little lump. When I’m down to my last stitch of a bind off, here’s what you do:
Now that your little beauty is finished, it’s time to really finish. And that’s where blocking comes in!
On this cowl I decided I wanted the base to be blocked a bit wider so it would drape down over my shoulders, so I’ve pinned out the base to be wider. Here I am spraying the whole piece with water. I’ll gently tap that water in and allow it to dry completely. Once one side is dry, I can flip it over and do the same thing on the other side.
At the end of the day it’s ALL your decision. I hope this knitalong has demonstrated just how many decisions we knitters are free to make. The pattern is just our jumping-off point, but every step of the way, from our yarn choice, our needle choice, our cast-on method, how we create our stitches, our bind-off, blocking … it’s all up to us! And really, isn’t that great?
Happy knitting and embrace the knitter’s decisions. It’s what makes our knitting OURS!