There’s more than one way to cast off, and here are alternative options for finishing.
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Neti Love & Julie Peasgood
There’s more than one way to cast off, and here are alternative options for finishing.Read More Begin this course
For a vertical pattern, such as a rib, you may see the instruction to cast off in pattern. This will ensure that the cast-off edge is consistent with the pattern - in the case of rib keeping the stretch - and producing a better-looking finish. By contrast, a rib section that is cast off knitwise would have a flattened look with a narrower profile and reduced stretch at the edge.
It’s common to cast off stocking stitch knitwise, but you can also cast off stitches purlwise, which leaves a flat neat finish on the purl side. It’s also good to know how to do this in case you need to cast off in pattern, such as on a ribbed collar.