Today, we are going to Bind Off our stitches in our Absolute Beginner Knitting Series.
Once you have completed your knitted work (hooray), you will need to remove the stitches from off your knitting needle. Binding Off, also called casting off, is how we take these loops and finish off your work. When looking at a knitting pattern, the abbreviation for Bind Off is BO. I hope you enjoy my step-by-step video tutorial below that demonstrates exactly how to Bind Off up-close and slowly.
HOW TO BIND OFF IN KNITTING
I prefer Binding Off on the Right Side of my work, which is the front side. You usually end a pattern after knitting the wrong side, or back side, so I’m going to do our Bind Off row on the right side.
We are going to finally use our little Tapestry Needle today, too!
BIND OFF GETTING STARTED
Knit 2 Stitches of the Row.
Because all of our Stitches here are on our Knit side, I will be knitting these stitches as I bind off.
In future projects, remember to Bind Off in pattern. Your Knit Stitches will be knit and bound off, and your Purl Stitches will be Purled and bound off. But today we can keep it simple and just Knit.
Take the point of your Left Knitting Needle and lift the first stitch up and over the second stitch, then off the end of the Right Needle.
While I’m doing this, I like to sort of pull my knitted work on the right side to help me out.
BIND OFF REPEAT
Knit the next stitch in the Row and Repeat the Bind Off process detailed above.
Bind Off your stitches loosely so that your edge is elastic, just like your knitting. You may use a larger knitting needle to bind off, if desired.
BIND OFF FINISHING OFF
Once you have just one stitch remaining on your needle, cut Your Yarn. Make sure your yarn tail is at least 3 inches long, or longer.
Then carefully remove your knitting needle from the last stitch. With your Tapestry Needle, you will pull the yarn tail through your last stitch. This last little step is called “Finishing Off.”
WATCH STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO HOW TO BIND OFF
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