Binding-off in ribbing

Since I'm working on my first top-down sweater, I'm going to be binding off at the ribbing at the waist. What technigue would you use to bind off here? I confess that when I make a sweater, I usually just double the length of the collar, use a simple chain bind off, then turn the collar under and sew it in place, so the bind off is never seen. Thanks.

Thanks, everyone. I

Thanks, everyone. I appreciate the advice. I'm going to try a few techniques before doing one on the sweater.

I learned a nice decorative

I learned a nice decorative and elastic bindoff a few years ago for a k1p1 ribbing from a Chinese woman named YiMing as follows:

Overview:

You knit all purled stitches and purl all knit stitches, binding off each stitch as it is formed, but instead of moving the yarn to the other side of the needles in front of the stitch before forming the next stitch, the stitch on the right needle is temporarily transferred to the left needle, the yarn is then moved to the opposite side of the needles, and the transferred stitch is returned to the right needle. The next stitch is then formed.

Instructions in detail:

Purl the first (knit) stitch.

Knit the second (purl) stitch.

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Bind off the first stitch on the right needle [Insert the left needle into the first stitch on the right needle, then pull it over the second stitch and off the right needle]

Transfer the remaining stitch on the right needle to the left needle.

Move the yarn to the front of the needles.

Return the transferred stitch on the left needle to the right needle.

Purl the next stitch (which was knitted). There are now two stitches on the right needle.

Bind off the first stitch on the right needle.

Transfer the remaining stitch on the right needle to the left needle.

Move the yarn to the back of the needles.

Return the transferred stitch on the left needle to the right needle.

Knit the next stitch (which was purled). There are now two stitches on the right needle.

Repeat from *

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I've done several top down

I've done several top down sweaters and have found the binding off at the waist looks and lasts better for me when I bind off a little more tightly than normal. Body action and movement at the waist is more frequent than at the collar and therefore often stretches a little more readily. Also, as has been mentioned, use a smaller needle for the waist ribbing.......I usually use two sizes smaller.

Knit on and on!
Rex

I follow the same method as

I follow the same method as potter. Just remember to use a needle a size or two smaller for the ribbing. I forgot to do this on a sweater cuff and have to fix it now.

Be sure to post some pics.

Luke

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Hey Knittingbob! Welcome to

Hey Knittingbob! Welcome to the site. Knitting from the top down, I bind off following the stitches on the rib - purl on a purl stitch and bind off, knit the knit stitch and bind off. I almost always use a k2 p2 rib, or sometimes a k3 p3 rib (depending on the yarn), and this works for me to create a non-obtrusive bind off. Also, and you may of course know this, be sure to bind off loosely!

Jonathan in DC