KasCuddle Step 4 – final step

by Dawne on September 30, 2010

A special thanks to all who have joined our KasCuddle Knit-A-Long!  We know the team in South Africa will be delighted to receive each and every Cuddle! If you are still working on your KasCuddle please do not worry. Work at your own pace, enjoy the process and finish when you finish. We’d love to see your work. Please send photos of your KasCuddles to kalai@knit-a-square.com so we can feature them on the KasCuddle page.

It’s wonderful to hear that so many of you are ready to finish the Cuddle.  Helen has told me that she doesn’t have a specific suggestion for binding off.  It’s her opinion that every knitter has their own preference and they all work equally well.  Given that quite a few of our KAL participants are new knitters we thought we’d share some instructional links.

KnittingHelp.com has several good videos about binding off.  I like that they show both the Continental style (for knitters who manipulate the yarn with the left hand) and English style (right hand yarn manipulation) as it makes it easier to learn something in your own preferred style of knitting.  Another option is to use the Elizabeth Zimmerman Sewn Bind-Off. The EZ Sewn Bind-Off will produce an elastic, secure edge.

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Here is a video for the mattress stitch, an amazing finishing technique with many uses. It will create a nearly invisible seam.
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If you’d like to bind off your stitches while seaming the front and back of your Cuddle together you might want to use a 3 needle bind-off. In order to get ‘right sides together” you’ll need to flip your cuddle inside out.
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Thank you again for joining in and please remember to share photos of your completed KasCuddles! Send them to kalai@knit-a-square.com

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Helen Flagg September 30, 2010 at 23:36

If anyone needs instruction on sewing the two knit pieces at the
bottom together, you might like to view http://www.knittinghelp.com
“Sewing Knitted Pieces Together” on YouTube. The instructor
covers several different methods.

Helen Flagg September 30, 2010 at 23:51

I have been trying to make the URL work for sewing the knitted
pieces together with no success. Best plan: Google
“Videos for Sewing Knitted Pieces Together.” The Knitting.com
piece is the one on the left by Knitting Board – 8 minutes –
Sept. 22, 2009. It covers a variety of stitches.

Dawne October 1, 2010 at 00:04

Hmm, all the links work fine for me. Not sure why they don’t work for you Helen but you’re right – when in doubt Google it! :)

Helen Flagg October 1, 2010 at 00:18

Dawne, could you list a link? Might help any knitter who is
having trouble Googling. It’s a great video.

Dawne October 1, 2010 at 12:40

Folks can cut and paste this link into their browser to see the Elizabeth Zimmerman Sewn Bind Off:


Becky Zolt October 1, 2010 at 12:41

I have a question (or three). I knit to a length of 28 in. If the final size is 30 inches, what about the last 2 inches? Do you decrease? What are the two pieces? In the round there is just one piece. I found a pattern somehow on the KAS site that had a gathered bottom. Is that a good option or does the flat bottom work better for the babies? I will try to get a friend to help me post a picture when I finish. This has been a great experience working together. I hope you do it again with another challenge.

Helen Flagg October 1, 2010 at 16:15

Hi, Becky! The final length is a full 30 inches with a straight
across bottom without any decreasing. This is to give the babies
up to 9 months room to move their feet. The old patterns on the
KAS site are out of date (too small) and will be changed out with
our new dimensions. What you will do after you bind off at
30 inches length (you will be binding off in the round) is lay your
Cuddle flat on a table with front on top of back, turn the Cuddle wrong side out, and sew the
front to the back in a seam straight across the bottom. You can
see what it looks like if you look at the red Cuddle at the top of
the page. If you can, use an invisible seam stitch. You can find
how to do it where I have listed the video above. You can Google
it to see the video demonstration. I hope that answers your question. If not, ask away again!! Thanks for joining the KAL!

chris October 4, 2010 at 02:56

I was in a hurry to finish and used the “old” instructions. I guess I will have to unpick the cuddle and try to bind off in a straight seam. I have certainly enjoyed making this and hope to make many more. It’s been fun and easy. In fact I’m starting a crochet one too.

Modelwidow October 5, 2010 at 13:19

I was thinking of doing a 3 needle bind off (anything to avoid sewing up!) would this be ok?

Dawne Smith-Sliming October 5, 2010 at 13:24

I think a 3 needle bind-off is an exactly idea. It’s my preferred way to join 2 pieces of knitted fabric. I’ll add a video link for those who may be new to the idea. Thanks for the reminder!

Helen Flagg October 6, 2010 at 11:19

Dawne, I LOVE this 3 needle bind-off. It is new to me, and I
think it is perfect for finishing off the KASCuddles. I intend
to use it on all the Cuddles I make in the future. I can see that
it gives a very strong seam to take the wiggling of some very
active babies! Thanks so much for posting this demonstration.
It is very clear.

Helen Flagg October 7, 2010 at 13:16

For those considering the 3 needle bind off for the Cuddle,
you will need to slip your stitches off the circular needle
and divide them equally onto straight needles, turn your
Cuddle wrong side out and continue with the 3 needle bind
off. This method gives a very neat finish to the bottom of
the Cuddle.

Becky Zolt October 19, 2010 at 14:56

I am going to have a friend help me post a picture of my cuddle, but now I can’t find the place that told where to post it. A little help, please?

Dawne October 19, 2010 at 17:48

Hi Becky,
We’d love to see your Cuddle. Please email it to kalai@knit-a-square.com.

Linda Jordan October 27, 2010 at 21:44

I am making my first KASCuddle and am enjoying it very much. I am almost finished and just read about the revised length of 30″ instead of 25″.

Also, do they have to be done in wool yarn.?

Thank you for your response.

Helen Flagg October 29, 2010 at 12:20

Hi, Linda! So glad to see that you are making your first KASCuddle and do hope it will be the first of many! The new
30″ length is in response to a request from South Africa that
we in future make them longer to accommodate older babies so
we have revised to a longer length and a straight across bottom
to give room for babies’ feet. The new length and new straight
bottom supercede the older directions. We would love for all
to be made in wool as that is the warmest yarn, but acrylic doubled
especially doubled chunky acrylic, is just fine. If acrylic, be
sure to label as such so the team in SA can send the Cuddle to
a creche with better roofing so it won’t get wet. Acrylic loses its
warmth when wet but wool when wet continues to provide warmth.
Thank you so much for all your contributions to KAS.

Paula November 8, 2010 at 16:27

I did the 3 needle bind-off, now what? Do I do anything with the collar?

Helen Flagg November 8, 2010 at 22:35

Hi, Linda………..Once you do the three needle bind off to close
the bottom of the Cuddle straight across, the Cuddle is finished.
Just fold the collar down over the top part, as in the photo of the
red one at the top of the page, and you’re done! The caretakers
in South Africa put the babies into the Cuddle and turn up the
collar for the babies to lay their heads on when they lay the babies down. We would love to see a photo of your finished Cuddle.
You can email a photo to kalai@knit-a-square.com. Thanks for
joining in the Knitalong!

Heather February 8, 2011 at 19:16

I am almost finished with my first Cuddle and was wondering if a Kitchener stitch would be an option for closing the bottom? I have absolutely no confidence in my “sewing” skills, and a kitchener finish would be seamless.

Helen Flagg February 15, 2011 at 15:22

Hi, Heather!
Yes, I believe a Kitchener stitch would make a lovely finish
for the bottom of the cuddle. The closing needs to be strong
because the babies’ feet are moving constantly. I think the
Kitchener would work fine. So glad you are making a cuddle
as there is a huge need for them, and the South African winter
will be approaching in April.

Helen Flagg June 27, 2011 at 03:08

Hi, KASers! As of 6/2011 the dimensions of the KASCuddles are:

collar: 5 inches deep
body of Cuddle: 28-30″ long
width of Cuddle: 14-15″
Finished bottom: straight across with a strong seam.
Ronda feels these dimensions will serve more babies and older babies
more than the earlier smaller Cuddles.

Penny January 16, 2012 at 15:18

I am finishing my first Kas Cuddle, 30 inches length, (not including the collar?) on circular needles.

Finishing (or binding off in the round) is a challenge to have the seam go in the correct direction. The collar opening should be in the center with the bind-off seam placed so the Kas Cuddle lies flat. My bind-off seam always places the collar opening on the side and the seam runs front-to-back instead of side-to-side.

How do I change the direction of the bind-off-seam?

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