Bind Off in Pattern

You should always bind off in pattern, unless the instructions say otherwise. Binding off in pattern is simply working the stitch pattern and binding off at the same time. Your finished project will have a more refined look, and your ribbings will remain elastic. As an example, here is how to bind off in 1 X 1 rib.

You now have 2 stitches on the right needle. Insert the left needle into the front of the first stitch (the knit stitch) on the right needle.

Pull the first stitch over the second stitch (the purl stitch) and off the right needle.

You have now bound off 1 stitch in pattern, and you have 1 purl stitch on the right needle.

Knit the next stitch on the left needle. Insert the left needle into the front of the first stitch (the purl stitch) on the right needle.

Pull the first stitch over the second stitch (the knit stitch) and off the right needle.

You have now bound off 2 stitches in pattern, and you have 1 knit stitch on the right needle.

Continue working the rib pattern and binding off as you go.

Counting Bound-Off Stitches

It's easy to become confused when instructed to bind off a certain number of stitches at the beginning of a row, as you would for an armhole or neck shaping. You need 2 stitches on the right needle to bind off 1; remember to count the stitches that are actually pulled over and off the needle, not the number of stitches that are knit and/or purled.

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