Bind Off in Knitted Cord

Here's a nice finish to a bound-off edge. You can bind off in knitted cord, which creates a neat tubular border. This is great for brims on top-down hats, cuffs for toe-up socks, and edgings on bags, scarves, and blankets.

1 Use the simple cast-on (see p. 17) to cast on 3 additional stitches for the knitted cord to the beginning of your row.

Now you're ready to begin the knitted cord bind-off.

2 Knit the first 2 stitches.

3 Slip the next stitch as if to knit.

4 Knit the next stitch.

You now have 4 stitches on the right needle.

5 Insert the right needle into the slipped stitch through the front, and lift it over the knit stitch and off the right needle.

6 Slip the 3 stitches as if to purl, one at a time, back to the left needle.

7 Without turning work, pull the working yarn snugly across the back of the first 3 stitches. You are now ready to work the beginning of the row again.

Q Repeat steps 2-7 until all of the original stitches have been bound off, and only the 3 knitted cord stitches remain.

Q Cut the yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail; pull through the 3 knitted cord stitches and tighten.

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