The cables were successfully inverted in Part 3 and it is time to complete our reversible scarf. Typically, it is rather easy to distinguish the cast on edge from the bind off edge. However, in Endgame, you will need a magnifying glass to tell the difference between the two. It is truly a bit of wonder! (See photo below.)
Before we get to the bind off, I hope you remembered to end Part 3 after working Row 5. This brings us to the Wrong Side of the scarf where a Decrease Row is worked. After the decreases, the stitch count is returned to 42 stitches. At this point, change back to the smaller needles for the ribbing. Work the ribbing as in Part 1 for 3″ ending after a Wrong Side Row.
Now for the fabulous bind off! Endgame concludes with the Tubular Bind Off – an invisible edge that you will want to incorporate into many future projects. As usual, I have a detailed video to help you with every step but I will give a quick synopsis here. See Tubular Bind Off video.
To begin the Tubular Bind Off, start with Right Side facing and separate the stitches onto two needles. Double points are handy for this, but are not necessary. (You can use your spare needles and I demonstrate this in the video.) Hold the two needle tips parallel. Place the knit stitches on the front needle and the purl stitches on the back needle. The last two stitches of the row are both knit stitches. Place the first stitch of this pair on the front needle and the second stitch of the pair on the back needle.
Cut the yarn tail at least 24″ in length and thread onto a tapestry needle. Graft the stitches together using the Kitchener Stitch. You will quickly see that the edge has the same qualities as the Tubular Cast On – the stitches just seem to roll over the end! I demonstrate the Kitchener Stitch in the Tubular Bind Off video, but a more detailed lesson is given in the Kitchener Stitch video.
The Tubular Bind Off has many useful applications. Not only does it work beautifully for k2, p2 rib, it is also a perfect bind off for k1, p1 rib and double knitting.
In reversible fabrics, I prefer to weave in my ends with the Duplicate Stitch. This extra step will expertly hide your tails to preserve the reversibility of the scarf. Watch the Duplicate Stitch video for a tutorial.
The final step in Endgame is to block the scarf. There are many reasons to block and I can’t sing its praises enough. Most importantly, wet blocking will soften the fibers in Kenzie and release a soft halo to the stitches. The blocking will plump the stitches and even out the stitch work. Blocking can straighten the piece and even mask mistakes. I strongly encourage you to give your scarf this essential treatment. You can expertly block Endgame with either pins or blocking wires. I have videos for both choices – Blocking and Blocking with Wires.
Here are my blocked scarves, short in Kiwi (left) and long in Boysenberry (right).
I hope you enjoyed the KAL and are pleased with your scarf and the new techniques learned along with it. With so many choices available, I am honored that you choose to knit with me. I had the best time following your progress and celebrating your successes!
I am so excited for the next installment of the Progressive Needles Knit Along! We return in April with Kaika, a toe up sock pattern that features Japanese-inspired stitches. Also included are a heel and bind off new to the series.
Best of all, I am so proud to announce that Kaika will be knit with a yarn especially created for our KAL! The minds at Skacel teamed up with the dyeing expertise of Schmutzerella to bring you this unsurpassed sock yarn. The soft and lofty yarn was specially dyed to create the sumptuous color way, “Let’s Make a Teal!” This limited edition yarn will be available while quantities last. I can’t wait to share the yarn, techniques and stitches with you this spring! Scroll to the bottom of this post for a complete supply list.
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k2tog – knit two together. See K2tog Video
sl – slip. See Slip Stitch Video
wyif – with yarn in front.
With WS facing:
K2, k2tog, k1, p2, *k2, p2; repeat from * to last 5 sts, k1, k2tog, sl 2 wyif. (42 sts)
Switch to smaller needles.
Row 1. (RS) *K2, p2; repeat from * to last 2 sts, sl 2 wyif.
Row 2. K4, *p2, k2; repeat from * to last 2 sts, sl 2 wyif.
Repeat above two rows until ribbing measures 3” ending after Row 2.
Tubular Bind Off – See Tubular Bind Off
Cut the yarn leaving a 24” tail and thread onto a tapestry needle.
With right side facing, divide the stitches onto two double pointed needles as follows:
- Place the knit stitches on one needle and hold in the front.
- Place the purl stitches on a second needle and hold it parallel and behind the front needle.
- For last two I-cord stitches, place first stitch of the pair on the front needle and the last stitch on the back needle.
Using tail, bind off stitches using Kitchener Stitch. See Kitchener Stitch Video
Weave in ends using Duplicate Stitch. See Duplicate Stitch Video
Reversible knitting –
it’s how knitters look good from every angle!
April KAL – Kaika
- Wolkenspiel dyed by Schmutzerella, “Let’s Make a Teal”, 80% Extrafine Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon, 437 yards/100g, one skein
- US #1 (2.5mm) or size needed to obtain gauge. Pattern may be knit with double points or 32” circular needle for magic loop method.
- Removable pins or markers (bobby pins may be substituted). Small – 18 pins, medium – 22 pins, large – 24 pins.
Approx. 8.25 sts = 1” in stockinette.
Women’s Small, Medium and Large.
Small – leg circumference measures approximately 6 1/2” unstretched and stretches comfortably to 11”.
Medium – leg circumference measures approximately 8” unstretched and stretches comfortably to 14”.
Large – leg circumference measures approximately 9” unstretched and stretches comfortably to 16”.