Wondering what is an easy loose cast off or bind off?

Most beginners are taught a simple cast off, that often is not loose enough for sweater necks and tops of toe up socks.  It’s simple, but not helpful when you need a more elastic one.

This became a health concern for me when knitting socks for my mother.

While her legs were thin, her feet and lower legs would swell after sitting up a while.  And knitting socks with stretch that would stay up became my challenge.

I ended up knitting a ribbed sock, and using a loose cast off.  I searched online and found one that worked.  Since then, I’ve found several other versions.  My favorite is actually one I designed by combining a couple of techniques. 

And it’s useful for other projects, even this shawl –

How To Knit Video: What Is an Easy Loose Cast Off?

Now it’s possible someone else has already designed or discovered this loose cast off.  I haven’t found any documentation of it, though.  If you have some, send it to me and I’ll update this post.

How Do You Bind Off With This Easy Loose Cast Off?

Well, you knit and purl differently.  For the most elastic cast off, follow the pattern in the row beneath, knitting the knit stitches and purling the purl stitches.

What Are the Steps for this Knit Stitch Loose Cast Off?

  1. Knit two stitches.
  2. Pass those two stitches back onto the left-hand needle (right-hand needle if you are knitting left-handed).
  3. Knit those two stitches together in the back.
  4. Knit one stitch.
  5. Pass the two stitches back onto the left-hand needle (right-hand needle if you are knitting left-handed).
  6. Knit those two stitches together in the back.
  7. Repeat steps 4 through 6 across the row.
  8. Break yarn and end.

 What About the Purl Cast Off?

  1. Purl 2 stitches
  2. Pass those two stitches back onto the left-hand needle (right-hand needle if you are knitting left-handed).
  3. Purl those two stitches together, wrapping the yarn under the needle or clockwise.
  4. Purl one stitch.
  5. Pass those two stitches back onto the left-hand needle (right-hand needle if you are knitting left-handed).
  6. Purl those two stitches together, wrapping the yarn under the needle or clockwise.
  7. Repeat steps 4 through 6 across the row.
  8. Break yarn and end.

Here’s a How To Knit Video of my easy loose cast off.  If you can’t see the video, you can also watch it by clicking here.

 

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Ina Gilmore, M.D. (Retired)
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