A few posts back I talked about replacing an intarsia block of colour without ripping everything back. The Lucy cardigan needed another fix. The turquoise in the first six rows creating the hem also had to be replaced. I took the time to tediously rip back only to discover that knitting doesn’t easily rip out from the cast on edge. Next time I do this I’ll use scissors and cut it off.
After all the turquoise was removed I placed the live stitches on a needle, joined the pink yarn and started working in stocking stitch. After six rows were knit, I decided I wanted to try a bind off that looks exactly like a long-tail cast-on (my favourite cast-on). I knit a tiny swatch and then unpicked the cast-on edge to determine the path the yarn takes. Out came my trusty tapestry needle and I was able to emulate it.
Step 1: Slip the tapestry needle into the first two stitches on the needle as if to purl. Pull the yarn through leaving the stitches on the needle.
Step 2: Slip the tapestry needle into the first stitch on the needle as if to knit. Pull the yarn through and drop the stitch from the needle.
Step 3: Repeat Step 1.
Step 4: Repeat Step 2.
Continue in the manner until all the stitches have been removed from the needle. This bind off gives the same effect as a long-tail cast-on. With the turquoise replaced by the pink, I was able to finish off my sweater in time for the Knit-Out last weekend.