How Do You Bind Off While Knitting?


Quick Answer

To bind off while knitting, knit or purl two stitches, depending on what the pattern dictates. Loop both stitches onto the right-hand needle, and pick up the first stitch with the tip of the left-hand needle. Lift this stitch up and over the second one and also over the tip of the right-hand needle. Repeat this process until the piece is fully bound off, then secure the binding by tying the end-piece of thread into a knot.

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The two new loops that you create from the left-hand needle at the top of the row form the beginning of the binding. This initially puts two loops on the right-hand needle. Place the left-hand needle in front of the right-hand needle, and loop it through the first stitch that you created on the right-hand needle. When you pull the first stitch over the second, you are left with one stitch on the right-hand needle.

Knit or purl another stitch, and repeat this process until the right-hand needle has one stitch, and the left-hand needle has no stitches. When you are ready to finish the binding, cut the thread a few inches from the needle, pull the tail through the last loop, and tie it into a knot to secure it. You can modify the basic binding off process by using alternating knit and purl stitches when you are working loops off the left-hand needle.

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