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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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