This technique is useful whenever joining a ribbed band to side edges, such as cardigan button bands, and V necks. Make the ribbing first, then knit 1 row stockinet. Remove on waste yarn.
Using this method avoids having to bind off at the end of the ribbing; many beginning knitters have a problem getting a neat, even edge, or have trouble getting a loose enough bind off. Making the ribbing first, then joining it to the front edge places the bind off next to the body. This also helps stabilize the center front. A backstitch bind off is recommend for beginners.
Fold down the waste yarn and pick up the main color stitches of the ribbing into the hooks of the appropriate needles.
Push the working needles back, taking the ribbing stitches through the side edge of the fabric.
Just one stitch now remains in each hook.
Backstitch across to bind off the live stitches. You may use another bind off method, such as the stitch-through-stitch technique, but take care to have the final knit row very loose. A tight bind off makes the seam pucker, and is uncomfortable to wear.
BEGINNER KNITTING TECHNIQUES
Casting On and Knitting Stockinet
Waste Yarn and Ravel Cord
eWrap Cast On
Backstitch Bind Off
Stitch Through Stitch Bind Off
Transfer Tool Practice
Mattress Stitch Seam
Joining On The Machine
Pick Up A Side Edge
Rehang and Join A Sleeve
Rehang and Join Button Bands
Basic Short Row Techniques
This tutorial was copyrighted and uploaded to the original Clearwater Knits website in 1997. This page was added July 29, 2016.