Binding off question

I have almost just finished knitting a 48 inch cabled neckscarf using Paton’s “Brilliant”, a worsted-weight yarn, using size 6 US needles, for a Christmas gift.

I used the Long-Tailed method of casting-on at the beginning.

I want my binding off to look similar, if not the same, as my beginning cast-on edge of the scarf ---------

I tried a couple of things but they didn’t work:

I bound-off loosely “in pattern” using the size 6 needles but that was too loose and the edge was wavy as well as the knit stitches on the actual cabling area laid “on the face of” the front side of the work.

I tried binding off more tightly but the same problem occurred.

I tried binding off in just the Knit stitch but that made the stitches still lay on the face of the work. Usually, one ends up doing something to the bound-off edge of a knitted piece, such as seaming, fringing, crocheting, etc and so it wouldn’t matter if the loopy part of the knit stitch laid on the surface of the knitted piece.

I wonder if I should bind off on the backside, having firstly knit a row all the way across ??? And do I bind off “in pattern” or just in knit or just in Purl?

I do not plan on making fringe for the scraf ends nor using hand blanket stitch or anything else to finish the ends.

I do not have knitting shops in my area and hope someone cn help me. It has been several years since I’ve knitted anything and can’t seem to find some of my older books that might have had this info in them.


Usually with a cable/rib pattern you BO in the pattern. What happens if you BO neither loosely nor tightly in pattern with your size 6s? There’s a sewn BO, which other people have a link to because I don’t use it.

I believe the BO that Sue is referring to is referenced to EZ. Take a look at this page from Summer 2006 of Knitty. (scroll to bottom)


Sue and Katrina – thank you so much for the guidance on the binding off and the links -------- I tried doing it “in pattern” but used needles 3 sizes smaller and that seemed to work well enough so that the end “look” was similar enough… I didn’t try the technique using a tapestry/yarn needle for the thread tail but printed out those instructions for future use.

I can’t believe what I later found when I went to lightly block the scarf ------- I’d not had the correct # of stitches to begin with (I’d had to increase the # of cast-ons as the original gauge didn’t give me a wide-enough scarf to my liking) and forgot to add the last 2 k stitches so both long edges ended with a rib of 2 k stitches !!! DD won’t notice it I am sure but will be happy with my having knit her something after all these years!!! I feel like such a dunce not having calculated correctly!!! I DO know better!

I think that the next scarf I knit will have moss stitch borders which will give a nice crisp edge to the long sides of the scarf. Most of my 5 grown children live north of where I live – here in Florida we don’t have much call for knitted items!

In any case, thank both of you for prompt replies that contained information I could use. Think I learned something: I knit with a loose tension … G!