Casting off knitwise

This is the most common technique for casting off and is sometimes called 'chain cast-off because it makes a chain along the top of the knitting.

2 Lift this stitch over the second stitch and slip it off the right needle so that you have only 1 stitch on the right needle.

2 Lift this stitch over the second stitch and slip it off the right needle so that you have only 1 stitch on the right needle.

1 Knit the first 2 stitches from the left needle onto the right needle in the usual way. * With the yarn at the back of the work, insert the tip of the left needle into the first of these knitted stitches.

3 Knit the next stitch on the left needle so that there are 2 stitches on the right needle once again. Repeat from * until you reach the last stitch. Break off the yarn, pull the end of the yarn through the last stitch and tighten.

l Purl the first 2 stitches from the left needle onto the right needle in the usual way. * With the yarn at the front of the work, insert the tip of the left needle into the first of these purled stitches.

3 Purl the next stitch on the left needle so that there are 2 stitches on the right needle once again. Repeat from * until you reach the last stitch. Break off the yarn, pull the end of the yarn through the last stitch and tighten.

casting off

2 Insert the tip of a third needle through the first stitch on both needles in your left hand. Work these 2 stitches together.

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