Casting off purlwise

This method follows the same basic procedure as casting off knitwise.

1 Purl the first two stitches from the left needle onto the right needle in the usual way.

2 *With the yarn at the front of the work, insert the tip of the left needle into the first of these knitted stitches, from left to right. Lift this stitch over the second stitch and slip it off the right needle so that you have only one stitch on the right needle.

TIP: COUNTING THE CAST-OFF

When casting off a certain number of stitches, such as for shaping a bootee, count the stitches as you lift them off the needle, not as you work them. The stitch remaining on the right needle does not count as a cast-off stitch.

Casting off

4 Slip the final stitch off the right needle, thread the tail of yarn through it and pull tight to secure.

Casting Off

2 Insert the tip of a third needle through the first stitch on both needles in your left hand. Work these two stitches together.

Casting off two sets of stitches together

Casting off two sets of stitches together creates an invisible seam if the two sets of stitches are cast off with right sides facing, or can be made into a decorative feature when the stitches are cast off with wrong sides facing.

3 Purl the next stitch on the left needle so that there are two stitches on the right needle once again. Repeat from * until you reach the last stitch. Break off the yarn, leaving a tail of about 15cm (6in).

TIP: NEATENING THE LAST STITCH

The last cast-off stitch is sometimes considerably larger than the others. If you cannot neaten it by sewing it into a seam later, cast off all the stitches except the last one. Slip this stitch onto the right needle. Use the left needle to pick up the final stitch on the row below, then return the slipped stitch to the left needle. Work these two stitches together.

Casting off two sets of stitches together

Casting off two sets of stitches together creates an invisible seam if the two sets of stitches are cast off with right sides facing, or can be made into a decorative feature when the stitches are cast off with wrong sides facing.

3 Purl the next stitch on the left needle so that there are two stitches on the right needle once again. Repeat from * until you reach the last stitch. Break off the yarn, leaving a tail of about 15cm (6in).

4 Slip the final stitch off the right needle, thread the tail of yarn through it and pull tight to secure.

Casting off in pattern

This simply means that you should cast off all knit stitches knitwise and all purl stitches purlwise. For example, if the pattern is double rib, cast off two stitches knitwise, then two stitches purlwise and so on.

3 Work the next pair of stitches together, then use one of the needles in your left hand to lift the first stitch over the second stitch on the right needle, letting it drop off the end of the right needle. When you reach the last pair of stitches, break off the yarn, pull the end of the yarn through both stitches and tighten.

2 Insert the tip of a third needle through the first stitch on both needles in your left hand. Work these two stitches together.

1 If you are joining two separate pieces of knitting together, place both needles in your left hand with the appropriate sides of the work facing each other. If you need to join two halves of a single piece of knitting together - such as a toe seam - work as instructed in the pattern, then divide the stitches onto two needles so that the appropriate sides of the fabric are facing and both needles are in your left hand.

3 Repeat this process on the two central stitches on the back section.

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  • jody
    How to bind off 2 stitches together purl wise?
    7 years ago
  • tyler
    How to cast off invisible seam?
    5 years ago

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