Tutorial: closing the gap…

So, I’ve been knitting for quite some time and am completely self-taught.  This means that many “official” techniques for finishing or starting knitting projects typically elude me.  Not because I purposely ignore them, but because when you’re self-taught you find that you come up with your own techniques for these things–whether or not you should (I think I hear the knitting police rapping at my door).  Sometimes, you realize later that it isn’t your technique after all.  It’s been done a thousand times before and I was just lucky enough to figure it out on my own. (Much of what we do in knitting is a recycled version of someone else’s genius anyhow.  That’s the beauty of this craft and the community.)

Anyway, this technique is not my own and I didn’t figure it out on my own.  I actually got fed up with the somewhat messy appearance of my woven ends as I finished tubular knitting projects.  I finally gave in and visited my LYS for some advice.  And boy am I glad I did.  This technique is so easy and makes for an almost invisible gap closure at the end of your sleeves, sock cuffs, etc.

Hope you find it helpful.

By the way, I am fully aware that I should have a freshly manicured set of paws before doing this, but, you know, motherhood.

Closing the Gap on Tubular Knitting: A Tutorial

The perpetrator in this case is the pesky gap at the end of our tubular knitting projects seen in the above photo.  Let’s get ’em!
Step 1: With right side facing, thread your tapestry needle and insert the tip of the needle into the closest strand from the “V” of the first bound-off stitch on the left side of the gap.
Step 2:  Pull the yarn through the loop and snug it up.
Step 3:  Bring the tapestry needle back to the front of your work and find the closest leg of the “V” of the last stitch bound off (or the stitch immediately before the gap, on the right).  In the image above, my needle is pointing directly at the strand in question.
Step 4:  Bring the needle down through that strand  of the stitch and pull the yarn through.  (You may probably notice at this point that we are mimicking the actual path of yarn as you knit, thus the nearly invisible bind.)
Snug it up.
Step 5:  Insert the needle tip under the two strands of the “V” of the first stitch to the left of the gap (or the first bound-off stitch).
Step 5 cont.:  Pull the needle all the way through and to the back of the work.
Step 6:  Snug it up and continue weaving in your ends down the inside of the work as usual.
Et voilá!  A nice and neat closure.

Happy knitting, friends!

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