Today’s second “Summer Knitting Tank Top Tip” installment takes your WIP to a flawless FO.
Tip 2: 3 needle bind offs with slipped stitches.
In the last tip, to save finishing time, a slipped stitch (or 2) was added around the arm openings. But what do you do when it comes to the 3 needle bind off? If you follow the technique normally you’ll get a jut out at the end of the bind off. This creates an unsightly bump at the very top of the shoulder where everywhere else along the arm opening the slipped stitch nicely tucks the edge in. Don’t worry though. The fix is simple!
Bonus: I didn’t have the a spare needle, so this tutorial also shows how to do a 3 needle bind off with just 2 needles.
Optional: if you lack a 3rd needle order your shoulder stitches one from the front and one from the back onto 1 needle.
Step 1: turn your WIP inside out. If you skipped the optional, line up your shoulder seams on the 2 needles.
Step 2: k2tog twice. If you skipped the optional, knit together 1 stitch from the first needle with 1 stitch from the second needle. 2 stitches on the right hand needle.
Step 3: pass the 1st stitch on the right hand needle over the 2nd stitch on the right hand needle to bind off.
Repeat Steps 2-3: until 4 sts remain unworked on the left needle. (1 stitch on the right needle).
Step 4: k4tog.
2 stitches on right hand needle.
Step 5: repeat Step 3.
Step 6: make the final stitch loop big and pull the rest of the yarn through to finish the bind off.
No unsightly juts!