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Learn to Knit: Tubular Bind-Off

8th January 2019 bind-off 5 min read
How to Work A Tubular Bind-Off | Knitting Tutorial

What is a Tubular Bind-Off?

A Tubular Bind-Off is a knitting technique used to finish the edges of your knitting projects. It creates a beautiful, professional-looking edge that is stretchy and doesn't curl. This technique is ideal for finishing the edges of garments, such as cuffs, hems, and collars, and is often used in sweater patterns.

This type of Bind-Off creates a stretched 1x1 Ribbed bind-off that's ideal for finishing your Brioche projects.

Learn to Knit: Tubular Bind-Off Tutorial

The Tubular Bind-off is also known as grafted bind-off and you are grafting knit and purl stitch columns together. Press play on this video or scroll on to read the written instructions below: 

To do a Tubular Bind-Off, you will need to follow the following steps:

Break yarn on your current work, leaving tail 3-4 times width of work. Thread tail onto tapestry needle.

  • Set-Up Step 1: Insert needle into first stitch purlwise.
  • Set-Up Step 2: Bring yarn from back between stitches 1 and 2, insert needle into second stitch knitwise from front to back of work.
  • Step 3: Insert needle into first stitch knitwise. Remove stitch from needle.
  • Step 4: Insert needle into second stitch purlwise.
  • Step 5: Insert stitch into first stitch purlwise. Remove stitch from needle.
  • Step 6: Bring yarn from back between stitches 1 and 2, insert needle into second stitch knitwise from front to back of work.

Rep steps 3-6 until last 2 sts remain.

Then work steps 3 and 5 only.

Benefits of a Tubular Bind-Off

There are several benefits to using a Tubular Bind-Off:

  • It creates a neat, professional-looking edge that is ideal for garments.
  • It is stretchy, which means it won't constrict the fabric and cause it to curl.
  • It is easy to do, and once you get the hang of it, it can be completed quickly.
  • It can be used with a variety of yarns and knitting projects.

Tubular Bind-off FAQ

What types of projects can benefit from using a Tubular Bind-Off?

Tubular Bind-Off is great for finishing the edges of garments, such as cuffs, hems, and collars. It is also a popular choice for projects where the edges need to be stretchy and not curl.

Can a Tubular Bind-Off be used with any type of yarn?

 Yes, a Tubular Bind-Off can be used with any type of yarn. However, keep in mind that the type of yarn you use can affect the final look and feel of the finished edge.

Is a Tubular Bind-Off difficult to learn?

 The Tubular Bind-Off can be a bit tricky to learn at first, but with some practice, it becomes much easier. Following the steps outlined in our article and watching instructional videos can help you master this technique.

Are there any alternatives to the Tubular Bind-Off?

Yes, there are several alternatives to the Tubular Bind-Off, including the grafting 2x2 rib, the sewn bind-off, and the picot bind-off. However, the Tubular Bind-Off is one of the most popular and versatile techniques for finishing the edges of knitting projects.

Can I use a Tubular Bind-Off for crochet projects?

No, the Tubular Bind-Off is a knitting technique and cannot be used for crochet projects. However, there are several similar techniques for finishing the edges of crochet projects, such as the crab stitch or slip stitch.

 

Read more about How To Bind Off / Cast Off.


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Carol Feller

Carol trained as a structural engineer, and she brings that love of analysing structure into her knitting, creating complex patterns that are easy to understand, while her approach to process is all about testing and playing, and making mistakes along the way. That’s where the joy lies!

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