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I'm having a difficult time with the bind off on a toe up sock. I've tried a few times with different methods and they are too tight to fit the calf about 6 inches above the ankle bone. Any suggestions on a bind off method? Should I do the ribbing on a slightly larger needle? The sock is straight stocking stitch and I've done a 1 inch rib at the cuff.


Try putting the stitches on waste yarn, allowing plenty of slack, and try them on; that will help you decide if the ribbing itself is too snug, or if it's *just* the bind-off that needs adjustment.

If the ribbing itself is tight, I wouldn't go up a needle size, because loose ribbing doesn't grip as nicely, but you might consider increasing in the row right before the ribbing.

If it's just the bind-off that's tight, then the sewn bind-offs (and you can find a selection on Lauri B's page: http://mysite.verizon.net/vze8mnnp/toesheels.html) are generally the stretchiest, but whatever method you're doing, be sure that you pull the section to the right (the section that's already bound off) out to the right so it's fully extended as you do each stitch; proper spacing is really the critical factor in stretchy bind-offs and cast-ons.

Good luck finishing off your socks!

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