March 29, 2002

Binding off to shape necklines.

Yay! I finished the back of the sweater, and am 1/4 through the front of the sweater. I had neglected my knitting woefully as I was busy working on my online projects.

I've noticed that most of Phildar's patterns require binding off as a means to shape the necklines (as opposed to decreasing), usually starting off with the instruction to "bind off (x) number of stitches in the middle of the row". It's quite the pain, but it does make for a smoother, more finished look. To figure out exactly where in the middle of the row I have to bind off (x) number of stitches, what I do is subtract such (x) number of stitches from the entire number of stitches on the needle, than divide the resulting number by two. The final number is the amount of stitches I have to knit before I start binding off.

For example:

63 = Total number of stitches on the needle.
9 = Number of stitches pattern requires that I bind off in the middle of the row.

To figure out how many stitches to knit before binding off:

1) 63 - 9 = 54.

2) 54 / 2 = 27

27 is the number of stitches I'll have to knit before I start binding off my center stitches to form my neckline. This may not seem like much to a seasoned knitter, but the first time I came upon the instruction to "bind off (x) number of stitches in the middle of the row" in a pattern I nearly banged my head against the wall trying to figure where I was supposed to bind off. Hee hee.

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2 comments to this entry:

i'm a fellow knitter and blogger, and i've been meaning to put together a site like this for awhile... but then i got all caught up in planning my wedding, so knittingbear.org is going to have to wait. but thumbs up to you, you're doing a great job, and the site looks awesome.
Yes, I have one of each men's and women's phildar magazine. They do require you to bind-off to shape, even for armholes. I guess phildar intended knitters to use backstitch instead of mattress stitch to sew sleeves to armholes.

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