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Old 10-11-2018, 08:22 PM   #1
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Knitting: does binding off add height

I'm making a 9x7 knitted square, standard knit stitch then turn and purl stitch. It's almost to height, I need one more row. Will the bind off "row" add height?

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Re: Knitting: does binding off add height

I don't think so... For me it seems to just suck in tight, but I'm a relatively novice knitter

I would add a row and then bind off.
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Re: Knitting: does binding off add height

Thanks! It's weird that googling didn't give me this answer! Though I have read that when you measure you should measure until middle of your hook, which makes me wonder if that is the bit that is added by the bind off?

I just assume its hard to take apart once binded though I'm sure if the size is a smidge off it'll still work.
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Re: Knitting: does binding off add height

Since i ended on a knit row, I decided to do one more purl, then did a cast off, but it did as you said and was WAY too tight and it added more height that I am looking for. So I have taken it out and I found this video to watch. I haven't focused on it yet but she is talking about 2 problems I am having with casting off so I hope she'll help with fix them. She also mentions getting the edges neater so may have to look into that more too.

This is literally my first completed Knit/purl square so I am very new, overall I think it looks okay though. I also have a completed all knit stitch square that looks pretty horrible and very loose tension.
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Old 10-13-2018, 01:45 PM   #5
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Re: Knitting: does binding off add height

Generally the pattern will tell you the measurement it should be *before* casting off. The cast off row lays flat across the edge, and I'd estimate that any increase in length due to the width of the yarn strand will be negated by the loss of pull on the previous row, if that makes sense. In any case if you are making say, a blanket with a bunch of squares, as long as you keep your method consistent throughout all the squares they will come out the same size as each other and you'll be good to go. Congrats on finishing your first piece!!
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Generally the pattern will tell you the measurement it should be *before* casting off. The cast off row lays flat across the edge, and I'd estimate that any increase in length due to the width of the yarn strand will be negated by the loss of pull on the previous row, if that makes sense. In any case if you are making say, a blanket with a bunch of squares, as long as you keep your method consistent throughout all the squares they will come out the same size as each other and you'll be good to go. Congrats on finishing your first piece!!
Thanks!! That makes ALOT of since!

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I don't think so... For me it seems to just suck in tight, but I'm a relatively novice knitter

I would add a row and then bind off.
Hey Elchorrito! I just found this video, especially if you know how to crochet it looks like it will make the bind off WAY easier and she mentions it can help with the tight bind off. I also found the crochet cast on and LOVE that as well.

This latest square I almost have completed, I used the crochet cast on, I can't wait to go home and now try the crochet bind off!
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Thanks!! That makes ALOT of since!



Hey Elchorrito! I just found this video, especially if you know how to crochet it looks like it will make the bind off WAY easier and she mentions it can help with the tight bind off. I also found the crochet cast on and LOVE that as well.

This latest square I almost have completed, I used the crochet cast on, I can't wait to go home and now try the crochet bind off!
Interesting! But...I don't know how to crochet. Maybe I can learn though
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Re: Knitting: does binding off add height

It worked pretty well! It was WAY easier (I haven't done it much but binding off is def my least favorite part of knitting). Before I found it I was using a mini crochet hook to help me pull the loop up and over the other loop anyway. I'd say you don't need to crochet but you would need a new tool. Course because I crocheted first I also knit continental (holding yarn in left hand) so that would be another thing you'd need to learn. Though do you have crochet hooks anyway for picking up stitches and repairing stitches? I find that I have been told to use them a lot via the videos I've been watching.

My next steps, I want to block the 2 squares i have to really see their true size. The next square I'm thinking of trying a seed stitch border with a stockinette stitch in the middle and see if it stays flat.
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Re: Knitting: does binding off add height

It'll stay flat but takes a lot more time. They'll all stay flat when you connect them anyway.
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Old 10-24-2018, 07:54 AM   #10
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Re: Knitting: does binding off add height

I was going to try blocking anyway - one of them is not quite the right size so I want to see if I can make it be -- and if not, I might do a crochet boarder to grow it a bit.

Last night i did a couple inches of my next square with a seed stitch boarder and stockinette in the middle and its staying flat so far! It looks cool too.
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