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I love big bulky edges! Not only do they add a great deal of drama, they have more stretch and more weight making them perfect for a wide variety of projects.
The first bulky edge we announced was the Woven Cast On. It uses two strands of yarn and a variation of the long-tail cast on for some wow factor.
The Knotted Bind Off
Next on our list of fantastic edges is the Knotted Bind Off. I’m declaring right up front that it’s my favorite to date. The edge is bulky and dramatic and stretchy. It’s also easy.
We’re called Knitting Nuances because many of these ideas are simple tweaks to existing knitting techniques; not always, but usually. I like that because it means you have a running start at understanding the technique.
In this case we’re nuancing the k2tog bind off by:
Free 2-Page Tutorial Download
It’s all explained in this free 2-page Knotted Bind Off download that includes a step-by-step photo tutorial. Don’t let all the pictures worry you, the technique is super simple, I just got in the grove and showed each and every step.
To download to your computer: Once the page opens in your browser, just hover the curser over center bottom of your screen and click print or download.
Bonus Single Strand Option
But wait, there’s more because you may not always want to use 2 strands to bind off.
This last minute Christmas gift for my niece is part of the Showy Garter collection. It needed a pretty edge and the 2-strand bind off was just too much in this Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande. Working the above bind off with just 1-strand did not work, the edge was sloppy, so I kept playing around until it worked. It’s also shown in the top photo.
I think this version of the bind off looks better when worked on a wrong side row so give it a try.
Free Download Link: Both versions of the bind off are included in the tutorial. Grab some needles and play around with it!