How to Bind Off

Introduction: How to Bind Off

After posting my How to Cast On tutorial, a few people asked for a similar demonstration of binding off, another of those basic techniques that are sometimes hard to learn from books or remember from one project to the next once you've actually mastered them. I thought I'd wait until I had a project ready to bind off, rather than creating a swatch to work with, mainly because I don't have that kind of time. Anyway, I hope this little how-to helps clear things up.

So, without further ado, here's how to do it. (For anyone who really needs to see the details in action (as I usually do), here's a companion one-minute video.)

Step 1: Knit the First Stitch

Knit the first stitch on the row as you normally would. We'll call this Stitch 1.

Step 2: Knit the Second Stitch

Knit the second stitch as you normally would. We'll call this Stitch 2.

Step 3: Insert Needle Into Stitch 1

Insert your left needle through the front of Stitch 1 on the right needle.

Step 4: Drag Stitch 1 Over Stitch 2

Drag Stitch 1 over Stitch 2.

Step 5: Slide Stitch 1 Off Needle

Pull Stitch 1 completely off the needle, leaving Stitch 2 on the needle.

Step 6: Repeat Steps 2-5

Stitch 2 remains on the right needle, and you've just bound off your first stitch (Stitch 1). Rename the remaining stitch (Stitch 2) to Stitch 1 and repeat steps 2-5 until you reach the end of the row.

Step 7: Finish Up

When just one stitch remains on your right needle, simply snip off your yarn, leaving about 5 inches of tail to pull through the opening of that last stitch and draw it tight. You'll be left with a nice, finished edge that looks something like this.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    I have always wanted to learn knitting and finally started going for classes by paying a thumping amount.I have just done one class and having got home totally forgot as how to do the bind off.Oh this ible is so useful and really appreciate you for posting.If not for this video I have to pay again to learn this.Loads of thanks...Have a nice weekend.


    yay!! thank you!! i was trying to figure out how to bind-off from this 1970's knitting magazine, and you were so much clearer!! thanks again!! :D