This cast off method is similar to the sewn K1, P1 tubular cast off, but much simpler to do. It produces a lovely rounded cast off edge that is similar to that of commercially made garments. It is a good stretchy cast off that maintains its shape well.
I recommend using this cast off when working my Patch Pocket design
To try this for yourself
(I am using 3.25mm needles and DK yarn, I like my pockets to be quite firm in structure)
Cast on 25sts
Work 20 rows in stocking stitch
Row 1: (k1, p1) 12 times, k1
Row 2: (p1, k1) 12 times, p1
Repeat rows 1 & 2, three times in total
Using same size DPN’s, slip first knit stitch onto DPN held to front of work
Using second DPN, slip first purl stitch onto DPN held to back of work
Continue slipping all knit stitches to front DPN, all purl stitches to back DPN to end.
Ready to graft!
Leave a tail length of yarn approx 50cm, thread onto tapestry needle. Try and match the tension of the stitches as you work.
Step 1 – Using a tapestry needle, go into the stitch on the back needle as if the knit, draw yarn all the way through. leave the stitch on the needle.
Step 2- Go into the stitch on the front needle as if to purl, leave the stitch on the needle
Step 3 – Go into the stitch on the back needle as if to knit, leave the stitch on the needle
Step 4 – Go into the stitch on the front needle as if to knit, take it off the needle
Step 5 – Go into the next stitch on the front needle as if to purl, leave it on the needle
Step 6 – Go into the stitch on the back needle as if to purl, take it off the needle
Step 7 – Go into the next stitch on the back needle as if to knit, leave on the needle
Repeat steps 4-7 until all the stitches are off the needle.