So, I’ve been knitting for quite some time and am completely self-taught. This means that many “official” techniques for finishing or starting knitting projects typically elude me. Not because I purposely ignore them, but because when you’re self-taught you find that you come up with your own techniques for these things–whether or not you should (I think I hear the knitting police rapping at my door). Sometimes, you realize later that it isn’t your technique after all. It’s been done a thousand times before and I was just lucky enough to figure it out on my own. (Much of what we do in knitting is a recycled version of someone else’s genius anyhow. That’s the beauty of this craft and the community.)
Anyway, this technique is not my own and I didn’t figure it out on my own. I actually got fed up with the somewhat messy appearance of my woven ends as I finished tubular knitting projects. I finally gave in and visited my LYS for some advice. And boy am I glad I did. This technique is so easy and makes for an almost invisible gap closure at the end of your sleeves, sock cuffs, etc.
Hope you find it helpful.
By the way, I am fully aware that I should have a freshly manicured set of paws before doing this, but, you know, motherhood.
Closing the Gap on Tubular Knitting: A Tutorial
Happy knitting, friends!