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Posted - 02/01/2012 :  5:33:13 PM  Show Profile Send HomeJewel a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I recently completed a cowl knit in a circle and bound off in the round. I would like to find a better method of weaving in ends ensuring that the bound-off edge rests nicely next to the stitch which began the round. Right now, there is the last stitch (which is a bit loose - not sure how to remedy this situation, too) and then knot and tail. I want to weave the tail so that the edge looks continuous, not showing an obvious stopping/starting point. Does that make sense?

Do you know of any place that shows how to do a good technique for this? I'm definitely a visual, so diagrams are good!

Thanks in advance!

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Posted - 02/02/2012 :  10:09:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, in a traditional BO you see a chain edge. When I bind off this way, I leave a longish tail, thread it into a yarn needle and take the needle under the first chain loop of the BO. (You can work a couple BO sts and then put a locking stitch marker through this place so that it's easy to see when the BO is finished.) Then take the needle through the last chain so the end winds up on the wrong side. From here, I >darn< the end in so it won't come out, taking the yarn between plies in nearby stitches. I save weaving in ends for felted pieces. Hth!

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Warming Up

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Posted - 02/09/2012 :  10:28:11 AM  Show Profile Send churchlady a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I looked at TECHknitter's blog to see if she had a good explanation of what I usually do with a crochet hook (finish it off like a round of crochet), and she has 3 methods, including a way to do mine with a tapestry needle.

I hope that came out OK. TECHknitting is a wonderful blog with the best diagrams. You would think there is every possible skill and trick about knitting on it, but she keeps on adding to them! Bind-offs for circular projects are her topic of March 3, 2009.
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Posted - 02/09/2012 :  10:43:19 AM  Show Profile Send gcelee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Churchlady! I'm not the knitter who asked the question but I certainly appreciate the answer. Thank you.

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Posted - 02/09/2012 :  1:53:27 PM  Show Profile Send jamieknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just like Ciel, I take my end and loop it around the first bound off stitch to look like a continuous chain around the bound off edge. Where I differ though is I then weave the remaining tail in on the inside of the cowl like I'm doing duplicate stitch. The inside looks ever so slightly more bulky, but this is pretty invisible from the outside. The bonus is that if any of the inside of your cowl shows (which happens on all of mine that have been knit circularly at some point), the worked in end will not be obvious.

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Posted - 02/09/2012 :  4:28:34 PM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm with Ceil - that's how I do it, too. Always looks neat.

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Posted - 02/09/2012 :  5:53:29 PM  Show Profile Send yarnlover a Private Message  Reply with Quote
After I weave in enough of the end, I pull the end out for a few inches and trim it a little as I usually don't weave all of it if it is a long tail. Then, using the edge of one scissor blade, I fray the end til it is pretty light and fluffy. Stretch the knitting back to shape which pulls in the frayed end and you won't have a bit of yarn poking itself out of the knitting as it works itself loose. Of course make sure you don't need to undo anything as you'll never find that end.

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