Garter stitch may well be the perfect knitted fabric. Anyone can do it, it can help you meet handsome strangers, and looks great coming and going.
But let’s face it — on garter stitch, a regular bind-off never seems to cut it.
The fabric spreads out more than Stockinette stitch, but doesn’t bounce back in like ribbing, plus you’ve got those horizontal bumps to try to match.
A regular bind-off just makes a pulled-in, inflexible edge. Ick!
Now, with more than 40 perfect bind-offs at my disposal, I set out to find THE bind-off that I would use on every Garter-stitch project from now on.
I decided the ideal bind-off would be:
. . . .– stretchy but not too stretchy
. . . .– a good match to the horizontal bumps
. . . .– fast and easy
I picked the three bind-offs out of my upcoming ebook that I thought would work the best. They are shown at left.
All three turned out to be great choices!
Picking a Winner
I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite from among my top three choices. I know that for any project over 60 stitches wide, I would choose the fastest one: the Icelandic bind-off, which is what I’m going to teach you today.
The Icelandic bind-off (shown at left) is faster because it is done “on the needles” as opposed to sewn with a tapestry needle.
For any long-edged Garter-stitch project like the Color Affection shawl that’s so popular on Ravelry (pictured below), I recommend this excellent bind-off.
It matches the fabric almost perfectly, and is strong, stretchy, and sturdy — just what the doctor ordered. Continue reading