Ok, here it goes. Go get some needles and a bit of yarn and have at it. Work and inch of 1x1 ribbing (K1, P1) so you can bind it off.
Go ahead, I'll wait.
Ok, now. We need to set up the bind off by knitting 4 rows, so ensure you have enough yarn left.
Set up rows:
Sarting with a right side row Knit the first stitch. Now bring your yarn to the front of your work as if to purl.
Slip the purl stitch as if to purl.
Now move your yarn to the back and knit the next stitch.
Continue across the row and finish the row by slipping the last purl stitch.
Turn your work and it will look like this.
You can now repeat these steps for 3 more rows, ending with a ws side row.
Ok, that was the set up part...is eveyone ok?
Go grab 2 circular needles smaller than the ones you are working on. These will act as stitch holders basically, so the size does not matter, as long as they are smaller.
We will now tranfer all the the knit stitches to the front needle and all the purl stitches to the back needle. (You need to work steadily...children/animals bouncing on the couch are not a good idea when working this next step!)
Tranfering the stitches on to two needles:
The knitting should be in your left hand and the needles in your right. I use my right index finder to hold the needles slightly apart and grab any stitches if needed. Using the front needle slip the first knit stitch as if to purl and on the back needle slip the first purl stitch as if to purl.
Continue slipping as if to purl. All knit stitches go on the front needle and all purl stitches go on the back needle.
Once all your stitches are transfered on to the spare needles, it will look like this.
You are now ready for kitchener stitch.
Take a deep breath and proceed as follows.
Set up the kitchener stitch by having the purl stitches at the back, with the working yarn, and the knit stitches at the front.
Leaving a fair length for stitching, thread the length of working yarn onto a needle. Put the needle in the first knit stitch on the front needle as if to purl and pull the yarn through. Leave the stitch on the knitting needle.
Now, put your needle through the first purl stitch on the back needle as if to knit. Pull the yarn through and leave the stitch on the knitting needle.
Do the following two steps until you have no stitches left.
1. Put the needle through the first knit stitch in the front needle as if to knit dropping if off the knitting needle. Then put the needle through the second stitch on the same needle as if to purl, leaving it on the needle. Pull the yarn through.
2. Put the needle through the first purl stitch on the back needle as if to purl dropping it off the knitting needle. Then put the needle through the second stitch on the same needle as if to knit, leaving it on the needle. Pull the yarn through.
*Keep your eye on your sewing tension as you go.
When you get down to the last stitch on the front needle, just put the needle in as if to knit and slip it off. The last stitch on the back needle, put the needle in as if to purl and slip it off. Sew in your end and have a look at your beautiful tubular bind off!