CO and BO for Purse Stitch scarf

jennAugust 30, 2008

I'd like to try the Purse Stitch to make a scarf for my mom. It's fairly easy and fast.

The pattern consists of just one row which includes a YO every other stitch. I'm wondering what the best bind-off would be for this, considering all the YO stitches. Should I purl one whole row at the end and then purl the bind-off? If I do that, I'd also need to purl one row after casting on and before starting the pattern, so both ends are the same. I'm wondering how it would look if I did a bind-off of a row with yarn-overs.

I'm relatively new to knitting and practicing my technique with scarves.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.



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Make a swatch - or two. Cast on 10-12 stitches, purl one row, do a few rows of pattern, then purl one row and cast off. Do you like it? Ifyes, that's it. If not, unravel your little swatch, cast on again and try it without the extra purl rows.

Knitting swatches gives you extra practice; makes you more aware of your stitches; teaches you about gauge, and can prevent knitting disasters by telling you that "I don't really like this pattern/yarn/stitch" before you are WAY into a garment.

Good luck with the scarf!

    Bookmark   August 30, 2008 at 5:27PM
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Thanks - I was planning to do that. I knit a lot of swatches for the reasons you stated. I keep the ones I like in individual "snack size" zip-lock baggies and labeled with the name of the pattern (and sometimes the source), the needle size, and type of CO and BO.

Just wondered if anyone had anything in particular to suggest.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2008 at 7:25PM
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A row (or two) of all purl stitches at the end (as both you and anne b suggested) will give you a solid base to bind off from. It would be a lot easier than trying to bind off with yarn overs - which would look very sloppy.

As you said you need to do that after you cast on as well - so both ends are the same.

Happy knitting,
Janey (Jane2 here)

    Bookmark   October 7, 2008 at 10:21PM
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