Knitting cast offs like purl wise, sewn casting offs and so on can be used to create variations and elasticity. The purl wise casting off can be used create rib patterns. While the sewn casting off involves the use of a tapestry needle attached with a long tail of yarn. The most popular form of this cast off is from Elizabeth Zimmermann’s book “Knitting without Tears”.
This bound produces an extremely elastic edge, which is perfect for the top of a sock. The technique is simple, use the long yarn and the needle to pull through the two front loops, and then pull it back through the first stitch. After dropping the first stitch repeat this method till the end.
If you are looking for a strong, stitch to join your front and back of your sweater, then try using the three needles casting off. This method of knitting cast offs creates a strong seam. Hence this bounding provides strength and durability to your sweaters. In this method two needles are held parallel, with the right sides of the knitting facing each other.
The knitting cast offs used for socks and neckline edges is the tubular bind off. This bound produces a stretchy edge. Hence it is very useful, when you create surprise gifts for your loved ones.
For creating good knitting cast offs, you can use crochet hooks, this makes creating bound offs easy for beginners. A crochet hook acts like a right hand needles, this hook is useful in creating loose, elastic bounds. The bounds created using a crochet hook retain their elasticity for a longer time.