Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Crochet Bind-Off

Jackie has given me permission to repost her comments regarding the crochet bind-off on the main page. Great tip, Jackie!


The url that Nancy posted shows a plain crochet bind off technique that can be substituted for a knitted bindoff. That will give everyone the idea.

I personally don't use a crochet hook for regular binding off like is shown in the tutorial though (i.e. binding off one stitch at a time), but that is just a personal preference.

If I am going to use a crochet hook, I do a decorative looped edge. This is where a group of stitches (usually 3 to 5) are crocheted together with a single crochet (or double crochet in UK terminology), then a chain of several stitches made, then another 3 or more stitches is crocheted together in a group, etc. That is not what is specified in the EST shawl pattern, but there is no reason why you couldn't substitute this method.

For creating this type of looped decorative edge, I like to use a crochet hook that is smaller than the knitting needle size. For example, I used this crochet bindoff technique on the Bobble Lace Flowers Triangle Shawl (new pattern to be released in a few weeks). For this shawl, I used a 3mm knitting needle for knitting the shawl and a 2.25mm crochet hook for binding off.

I think that using the smaller crochet hook has a couple of advantages:
1. It is easier to get the hook inserted into the stitch(es)
2. The chain between the groups of stitches doesn't look as 'thick' as when using a hook that is the same (or larger) than the knitting needle used. Remember that a crochet chain is 3 strands thick compared to a knitted stitch is just one loop with a strand on each side. I think the smaller hook helps keep the visual 'weight' of the chain more balanced with the look of the knitted stitches.

Probably more than you wanted to know! Does this help?

Happy knitting, Jackie E-S


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