Threeneedle bindoff head to head

Use the three-needle bind-off when you're joining stitches head to head (refer to Figure 16-8). The technique is the quickest and easiest joining method and creates a stable — and visible — seam. With a three-needle bind-off, you get to do two things at once: bind off and join two pieces together — perfect for joining shoulder seams.

For the three-needle bind-off, you need three needles: one each to hold the shoulder stitches and one for working the actual bind-off. If you don't have three needles of the same size, use a smaller one for holding the stitches of one or both of the pieces to be bound off, and use a regular-size needle for binding off.

To work the three-needle bind-off, thread the open stitches of your pieces onto a needle — one for each piece. If you've left a long tail end (about four times the width of the stitches to be joined), you can use it to work the bindoff. Thread your first needle through the stitches on the first piece so the point comes out where the tail is. When you're threading the second needle through the second piece, make sure your needle tips will point in the same direction when your pieces are arranged right sides together (see Figure 16-9). If you haven't left a tail end for this maneuver, you can start working with a fresh strand and weave in the end later.

Stitches lined up

Figure 16-9:

Right sides together, needles pointing to the right, stitches aligned.

Figure 16-9:

Right sides together, needles pointing to the right, stitches aligned.

Right sides together

For this method, you knit and bind off the usual way, but you work stitches from two LH needles at the same time. Follow these steps:

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