Lace Shawl Bind Off

Buck Strong's picture

I am almost done with my sister's lace shawl. It's my first lace and I wonder what the best bind off is for a shawl. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



MMario's picture

From what I can see of the

From what I can see of the pattern they reccomend going up 3 sizes on your needle for your bind off - so I think the lace bind-off with the same size.


Kerry's picture

Good advice from Mario.

Good advice from Mario.

Buck Strong's picture

It's the Chinook Shawl. The

It's the Chinook Shawl. The directions say to block it hard. So, I will be taking your amazing advice. Thanks!

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MMario's picture

Buck - to some extent it

Buck - to some extent it depends on whether you will be blocking it HARD or just giving it a gentle block; it also depends to some extent on the design.

For a shawl that is going to be blocked HARD (to the point of "please god don't let this rip" stretch and pull) I use :
k1,* put back on needle, k1, put back on needle; k2tog tbl - repeat from *

This includes designs where the final round is to be pulled out into points.

If it is going to get a gentle block - knitting a simple 2 or 3 stitch garter edge perpendicular to the shawl can be quite effective, and gives enough stretch.

TomH's picture

I use Mario's suggested bind

I use Mario's suggested bind off and I block my lace shawls hard or maybe I should say, tight. I have recently bound off a Niebling lace shawl using a crochet chain stitch bind off but I haven't blocked it yet. So can't comment on that yet.

Bill's picture

I'm saving that! ...I'll

I'm saving that!
...I'll actually knit some lace some day...

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I just started a benefit

I just started a benefit donation in lace and will keep this bind off in mind when I finish it. Thanks -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.