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How to Bind Off

June 14, 2013

You are on the home stretch!

After you have completed a piece of knitting, you finish the edge by binding off the stitches.

This way you can remove the knitting needles without the work unravelling.  There are several bind off methods, but we will start with a basic knit bind off.


1) Knit 1 stitch

2) Knit a second stitch.  There are now 2 stitches on the RH needle.

3) Use the LH needle point to lift the first of these two stitches up and over the second of these two stitches, letting it drop off the needle.  This is 1 stitch bound off.z

Repeat steps 2-3, knitting a stitch (so there are two stitches the RH needle) then lifting the first up and over the second and off the needles.  Continue until a single stitch remains on the RH needle.  To prevent this final stitch from unravelling, snip the working yarn, and draw the tail through the final stitch, then pull tight.

But now that I’ve bound off, what do I do with the yarn ends?  Check out this tutorial.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. Giulia permalink
    October 23, 2020 2:02 am

    Hi! I am currently working on my first sweater using the simple collection pattern (which is by the way great!). I have bind off and the body is done but somehow the bottom edge remains kind of rigid. It doesn’t stretch much. Did I do something wrong?

    • October 23, 2020 10:59 am

      Hi Giulia – I would try a looser bind off. I usually use a slightly bigger needle to work my bind off to keep it a little looser.

  2. Demaris permalink
    May 9, 2020 1:16 pm

    Thank you ‘

  3. Amanda permalink
    October 16, 2018 9:05 pm

    How do I make the bind off stretchy? It is too tight for a sweater. I feel like the bottom should stretch. This is my first sweater project. Ty!

    • October 17, 2018 10:25 am

      Hi Amanda – I would try going up a couple of needle sizes when you bind off

  4. March 24, 2018 4:16 am

    I’m going to knit the malt blanket. When it mentions using a marker, does the marker go on the needle or the stitch?

  5. Nancy permalink
    December 4, 2017 4:03 pm

    I am currently knitting your Little Tern Blanket. What bind-off would you suggest? Thank you for your help.

  6. Kebra permalink
    August 20, 2015 10:17 am

    Could you add some tutorials on other bind-off methods, and perhaps suggestions for the best type of bind off for the project you’re doing. I want a stretchy bind off for the bottom band of the Wind Swept sweater, and I’m having trouble with the tubular bind off.


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