I usually like the i-cord bind off for garments, while for socks & mittens and the like I prefer the tubular bind off. Both of them are stretchy enough and look gorgeous, too.
But quite often I am not in the mood for these long-winded methods (although it's true, they are worth their while) and I just want a simple, straightforward and quick ending to my ribbed sock cuff that preferably stays in place when unworn and stretches out enough to pass over my foot without squeaky yarn sounds (or worse, squeaking me-sounds)!
So... as usual I experimented a little bit and I thought I'd share my "findings" with you:
(You can click on the pictures to find the PDF in a higher resolution).
So.. that's the Increase Bind-Off... (sounds like an oxymoron, but that's probably why I chose this name! Stupid word-plays never fail to make me happy!). Well, I decided that I like the result of this cast-off technique and that all my next pairs of socks will definitely feature it!
I am sure that someone else has already thought about this simple method of discretely increasing stitches before binding them off before me, butI couldn't find anything similar looking when browsing the web:
The methods I have found on the net are the Lace-bind-off (the k2tog tbl version, which definitely is stretchy, but has aforementioned problems of bouncing back when unworn) and another technique, which also is perfect for Lace knitting and Casting-Off of shawls: The yarn-over method (or better known as Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind off). It is decorative and beautiful, but a little bit too decorative for what I wanted for my ribbed cuffs in this case.
There is also a newer method by Lorraine LeGrand, which I still need to try out (she calls itLory's Twisty Bind Off).
And since we are talking bind-offs, here is a link to knitty.com with a compilation of different known bind-offs, stretchy or not, which you might find useful.
But do tell: What is your preferred method for a super-stretchy bind off?
I am always eager to learn....
If you like the tutorial you can also find other similar stuff on this page...