In doing this project I’ve become increasingly suspicious of so called stretchy BO methods that insist you work loosely. The Two Row Bind Off is yet another stretchy BO to be worked loosely that isn’t particularly stretchy. My 2 inch swatch barely stretched to 3 inches.

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When I read how the Two Row Bind Off is worked, I found myself baffled as to how this was supposed to be stretchier than the Chain Bind Off. You work across the first row of the BO passing the knits over the purl stitches. You work across the second row by slipping the purls and passing them over each other. I can’t imagine how that is supposed to make it stretchier than simply passing stitches over each other as you work across one row as with the Chain Bind Off. It’s just weird.

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It does create a nice edge. The Knitter’s Handbook suggests using it when adding fringe because it creates nice little gaps. I could see the Two Row BO being useful in situations that use ribbing to prevent curl instead of for its stretch like on a scarf, but there are better BO methods for something like that.

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  • Can I just say, I really appreciate this tutorial mini-series! I’m pretty guilty of always using the same BO because the one or two “stretchy” ones I’ve tried weren’t that much better than my usual ‘basic’ way… and I’m kinda lazy, haha. (Well, at the end of a project — I’m all gung-ho for new COs, but my enthusiasm usually fizzles by the time I’m binding off.) Anyway, these posts are educational & encouraging! And it’s nice to see your perspective on different styles.

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