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Knitting Fundamentals: How to Bind Off

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What You'll Be Creating

Nothing beats the joy of finally getting to the end of a long knitting project. You've worked hard to get to this point, and there's only one thing between you and getting that project off your needles: binding-off. Unfortunately, sometimes knitting projects can take so long, that you may need to do a little brushing up on the binding-off technique before you can complete it yourself. This is even more likely to be true if you're a beginner knitter. Now you've got this handy video that will hold your hand through every step of the way.


Supplies

  • Knitting needles (use whatever needles you’ve been using for your current knitting project)
  • Yarn (whatever yarn you’ve been using for your current project)
  • Current knitting project (or if you're practicing, knit a quick swatch)
  • Scissors

The Method

As with casting-on, there are many different bind-off methods. However, most projects call for a basic knit bind-off, which you will learn as you watch the following video.

Tip: A basic knit bind-off can easily turn into a purl bind-off simply by purling all of your stitches rather than knitting them. You can also bind off in your pattern by purling the stitches that your pattern calls for you to purl and knitting the ones your pattern says to knit. The binding-off step (pulling the back stitch over the front stitch and off your right hand needle) will stay the same in all of these cases.


What Are You Binding Off?

Now that you've learned to bind-off, you should have no trouble getting your favorite new projects off your knitting needles. Speaking of new projects, what have you been knitting lately? Drop us a line in the comment section below, we'd love to hear all about your favorite projects and knitting tutorials that you'd like to see in the future.

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