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Blog Post: The Best Stretchy Bind-Off for Toe-Up Socks: Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off (JSSBO)By Liat Gat – Founder / Bind-Offs, Liat Interviews Others, Socks, Stretchy/Ribbed Bind-Offs, Toe-Up Socks / May 19, 2019 / 16 Comments
I recommend Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off (JSSBO) for binding off on toe-up socks. It is easy to memorize, easy to do, stretchy, and fast. JSSBO works with any rib pattern (1×1, 2×2, etc.). Includes an interview with JSSBO inventor Jeny Staiman. Read Post »
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This bind-off is a stretchy and invisible way to bind-off for 2×2 rib. It is not easy to remember but it is worth doing.
This is a fast, easy bind-off that is minimally stretchy when used on ribbing.
It’s the same thing as the Standard Bind-Off “top” variation, done by alternating knit and purl stitches to make an edge that faces up.
I would consider it “required reading” for beginning knitters.
This is an intermediate bind-off for ribbing that is super stretchy. It is not blazingly fast, but it’s faster than most of the other stretchy bind-offs out there.
This bind-off, also called JSSBO, is a heavy-duty bind-off that stretches out — yes — surprisingly far, and then, accordion-like, springs back into shape. It does this feat better than many other stretchy bind-offs, which either flare when un-stretched or stay stretched out once stretched (and nobody wants that).
This bind-off is very stretchy, with moderate-to-high bounce back, which means it won’t stay stretched out but rather it will bounce back into shape nicely. This bind-off is bulky, especially on 2×2 rib.
It leaves a pronounced edge with a chain of stitches zigzagging along the top.
This is an intermediate bind-off that is super stretchy.
Here’s how it works: After every two stitches that you’re binding off you add one stitch — a yarnover — and then bind it off.
The theory is that when you add more stitches to your bind-off it becomes stretchier. You can even add the yarnover in between every single stitch.
This is an intermediate sewn bind-off that is the stretchiest of all the sewn bind-offs.
Not only is it very stretchy, it also springs back into place nicely.
This is an invisible sewn bind-off that I would consider “required reading” for advanced knitters.
This bind-off is stretchier than the Tubular Bind-Off, so if you’re binding off the cuff of a sock and you have a big foot that you need your bind-off to stretch over, this is the bind-off that I would recommend.
This is a stretchy, advanced bind-off that is totally invisible: the stitches in the ribbing continue over the top edge and onto the other side.
As an added bonus, this bind-off matches the Tubular Cast-On.
I would consider either this or the Invisible Ribbed Bind-Off “required reading” for advanced knitters.
If you want a 2×2 ribbed bind-off that’s stretchy and truly invisible, look no farther than the Kitchener Double-Rib Bind-Off.
The bind-off stitches blend into the 2×2 ribbing perfectly, making it look like the edge is hemmed.
This is an intermediate, medium speed bind-off that is not very stretchy, but which is lovely for other reasons.
The special thing about this bind-off is that it is half-invisible, half-decorative. The columns of knit and purl stitches in the ribbing blend into the right side of the bind-off row in an attractive way that is sort of a cross between an invisible bind-off and a decorative bind-off.
This is a quasi-invisible ribbed bind-off with a firm edge that is not very stretchy.
While not truly invisible, the bind-off edge blends in with the ribbing nicely.
Based on the Cable Bind-Off for 1×1 Rib, this 2×2 rib adaptation calls for you to do each movement twice.