Puddles with WIP

Summer Knitting Tank Top Tip 2

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Puddles with WIP

Pull up a chair and let’s turn that WIP into a FO together!

Today’s second “Summer Knitting Tank Top Tip” installment takes your WIP to a flawless FO.

Tip 2: 3 needle bind offs with slipped stitches.

In the last tip, to save finishing time, a slipped stitch (or 2) was added around the arm openings. But what do you do when it comes to the 3 needle bind off? If you follow the technique normally you’ll get a jut out at the end of the bind off. This creates an unsightly bump at the very top of the shoulder where everywhere else along the arm opening the slipped stitch nicely tucks the edge in. Don’t worry though. The fix is simple!

Bonus: I didn’t have the a spare needle, so this tutorial also shows how to do a 3 needle bind off with just 2 needles.

3 needle bind off with 2 needles

Optional: if you lack a 3rd needle order your shoulder stitches one from the front and one from the back onto 1 needle.

Optional: if you lack a 3rd needle order your shoulder stitches one from the front and one from the back onto 1 needle.

turn WIP inside out

Step 1: turn your WIP inside out.

Step 1: turn your WIP inside out. If you skipped the optional, line up your shoulder seams on the 2 needles.

k2tog twice

Step 2: k2tog twice.

Step 2: k2tog twice. If you skipped the optional, knit together 1 stitch from the first needle with 1 stitch from the second needle. 2 stitches on the right hand needle.

BO 1

Step 3: pass the 1st stitch on the right hand needle over the 2nd stitch on the right hand needle to bind off.

Step 3: pass the 1st stitch on the right hand needle over the 2nd stitch on the right hand needle to bind off.

rep until 4 sts left unworked on left needle

Repeat Steps 2-3: until 4 sts remain unworked on the left needle. (1 stitch on the right needle).

Repeat Steps 2-3: until 4 sts remain unworked on the left needle. (1 stitch on the right needle).

k4tog

Step 4: k4tog.

Step 4: k4tog.

view after k4tog

2 stitches on right hand needle.

2 stitches on right hand needle.

BO 1

Step 5: pass the 1st stitch on the right hand needle over the 2nd stitch on the right hand needle to bind off.

Step 5: repeat Step 3.

slip stitch off

6a: slip stitch off and pull into a large loop

thread yarn tail through loop

6b: thread yarn tail through loop

6c: pull tight to finish the BO.

Step 6: make the final stitch loop big and pull the rest of the yarn through to finish the bind off.

3 needle bind off done with 2 needles

3 needle bind off done with 2 needles

Et Voila!

RS

RS

No unsightly juts!

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