Love hand knitted socks. Wearing them, that is. But knitting tiny tubes on tiny needles? Blerg. (I’ve been listening to Tina Fey’s Bossypants, and I think I’m starting to channel her).

So, not being a sock knitter, I never paid too much attention to sock chit chat. Stretchy bind offs, toes, turning heels, sock symposiums.

But then I realized that I should not have turned away from this useful knowledge! I was finishing my new shawl pattern, and realized that a regular bind off would not do. I needed a stretchy bind off! I should have listened.

Thank goodness for the internet, it’s always there for you. I found out that there are many stretchy bind offs, and that sometimes they are called lacy bind offs. Ahhh.

Anyways, the one I ended up using is a little decorative, very stretchy and open, and looks like a normal bind off on the right side.

On the wrong side, it’s quite attractive, which is how I used it. How to do it: K2, *put tip of left needle through the front of the 2 sts on the right needle, knit them together, k1; rep from *. (I admit I chose this method because it is one of the easiest).