Three Needle Bind Off

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The three-needle bind-off is excellent for binding off and joining horizontal seams at the same time. Shoulders that have been shaped with short rows, or that have not been shaped at all, are perfect candidates for the three-needle bind-off. To work it, you must have the same number of stitches for each piece.

Put each set of stitches on knitting needles, and have a third knitting needle handy. If one of the sets of stitches has the working yarn still attached, you can use that yarn to perform the bind-off; otherwise, use a piece of the same yarn that you used to knit the pieces.

1 Hold the needles with the stitches on them parallel, with the right sides of your knitting facing each other.

2 Insert a third knitting needle into the first stitch on the front needle as if to knit, and then into the first stitch on the back needle as if to knit. Wrap the working yarn around the tip of the third needle as you would to knit normally.

3 Bring the loop through the first stitch on the back needle, just as you would to knit, and then all the way through to the front of the first stitch on the front needle.

4 Slip both old stitches off the parallel needles, just as you would to knit them.

You now have 1 stitch on the third needle.

5 Repeat steps 2-4. You should now have 2 stitches on the right needle.

6 Pass the first stitch on the right needle over the second stitch to bind off.

7 Continue knitting together the corresponding stitches from each needle and binding off as you go, until only 1 stitch remains on the right needle. Cut the yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail, and pull the tail through the last stitch to secure it.

8 Weave in the loose ends.

Note: A contrast color yarn was used here to bind off the seam for illustrative purposes. Be sure to work your three-needle bind-off with the same yarn that you used to knit your pieces.

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