Sweater arm bind-off question

CLABBERS's picture

I have been working diligently on a sweater for myself and I am to the point of binding off the 2x2 rib sleeve. The original pattern called for an i-cord bind off, but I wanted the more traditional rib simply because it hugs my wrist better. Which bind off would you guys use? Just a regular 2 x 2 rib bind off? Will that be stretchy enough. I like that bind off because it won't stretch out and get floppy. Judy's amazingly stretchy bind off is great for socks, but I am wondering if it might be too stretchy for a sleeve. Then there is the invisible 2 x 2 bind off which looks great, and it is stretchier than a regular 2 x 2 bind off and is indeed invisible, but it really is a fussy bind off and I am worried I will make egregious errors and really mess things up.

Any other options that you guys like? I am going to put the bind off on hold until I finish the second sleeve, and I may just force myself to learn the pesky invisible bind off.




CLABBERS's picture

Wow...that's a lot to think

Wow...that's a lot to think about. I will be doing little swatches all day today. LOL I can always count on the guys on here to give great advice. Thanks!


New York Built's picture

Posted here four years

Posted here four years ago...still like it best.

For a double rib, beginning with K2;

Knit two, pass the first knit stitch over the second knit stitch. [Bring the yarn forward. *Transfer the stitch from the right needle to the left needle. Purl two together. Repeat from * once. Carry the yarn back. ** Knit one, pass the first stitch on the right needle over. Repeat from ** once.] Repeat between [] to the end of the row.

I know...very old school directions...but it harkens back to my Jacquard Loom days before computers. Yeah, I know...Eighteenth Century Old School...LOL. The purled two together part is the key, pulls those pesky knit stitches into obedience like the spring on a screen door...fettered, as it were.

Very smooth finish, like a smooth, cut edge, gently following the rib, but in a muscular way. Especially on a cuff for a man's sweater. I much prefer this more than the crochet-like edges on other bind offs...I save those for my Auntie-like antimacassars.

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks for the insight, Mark!

Thanks for the insight, Mark! I like this one a lot and it's easy to do! I will continue to work on the other ones that were suggested here.


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I'd like to second this

I'd like to second this one...Mark told me about it when I was struggling with a very tricky ending for a top down sweater edge and this made the hemline look - and fit - exactly like I wanted and it looked quite sharp.

Thomasknits's picture

I second the sewn bind off

I second the sewn bind off and the "cast on cast off,"

and I also like the tubular, which you can do by moving the stitches via twist stitches or 1 over 1 cables to become 1X1 ribbing 1 row before the bind off, then do the usual tubular.

ronhuber's picture

Elizabeth Zimmermann's sewn

Elizabeth Zimmermann's sewn bind off. Very neat looking and quite stretchy.

Tubular bindoff is my

Tubular bindoff is my favourite for binding off ribbing in sweater sleeves and necks.

Has a little give, and very minimal stretching out.

SAPBrown's picture

the only "invisible bind-off"

the only "invisible bind-off" I have found is for a 1x1 rib.

I just found this:
but have not tried it yet.