Bind Off Knitwise

Binding off knitwise is the most frequently used and easiest bind-off. You use it to bind off knit stitches. Remember to keep it loose.

1 Knit until you have a total of 2 stitches on the right needle; then insert the left needle into the front of the first stitch that you knitted onto the right needle.

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

You have now bound off 1 stitch knitwise, and you have 1 stitch on the right needle.

3 Repeat steps 1-2 until you have bound off the desired number of stitches.

Binding Off Loosely

You often see the instruction "Bind off loosely" in knitting patterns. You bind off loosely so that your finished edge has elasticity, and so that the knitting retains its width. An easy way to ensure a loose but even bind-off is to use a needle that is one, two, or even three sizes larger than the needle used for the body of your garment.

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  • Prisca
    What is bind off knitwise?
    7 years ago

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