The Bind-Off Process
It seems people are struggling with the bind-off and with holes / breaks occurring whenever people try to knit a bind-off.
Here is how we complete our bind-off and this works 99% of the time - Occasionally we have a dropped stitch due to the roll tension, and also we find this if the machine is not oiled enough - We go through through a lot of oil ! A oiled machine is definitely a happy machine!
For our knits, we are currently running with a stitch size of 7 on the front bed and 6 on the rear bed.
Before the bind-off row, we always knit a couple of full rows of 'knit all front' (stitch size 7), 'knit all back' (Stitch size 6), Speed 200, Roll 140
We then follow the standard bindoff as produced in the software - Speed 60 but reduce the stitch size to Stitch size 4 (Front and Back), Roll 200
About 1/2 way through the bind off we stop the roll completely (otherwise it stretches the knit too much at the end).. You will need to play with this to find out what works for you on your wool. You dont need to do this, but you will have to spend more time steaming the garments due to the stretching if you dont do this.
For us, the key was the extra rows before starting the bind-off, the change of stitch size from 7/7 to 4/4 and the speed of max 60.
Hope this helps...
Tim & Robert
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