Knitting - Basic Techniques
Decreasing 2 stitches or more at an edge is called binding off and is used for making gently sloping curves. Because binding off is worked from the edge with the yarn, it cannot be done at each end of the same row.
FIRST BIND-OFF EACH SIDE:
To begin bind-off, work the first 2 stitches, then pass the first stitch over the second stitch. Work the next stitch and continue to bind off in this manner.
|With the right-side facing, beginning at right-hand side|
|Knit 1, pass the previous stitch over 3 times.|
|With the wrong-side facing (fabric has been turned)|
|Purl 1, pass the previous stitch over 3 times.|
SECOND BIND-OFF EACH SIDE:
The second time and thereafter, to gently slope the edge, slip the first stitch, knit the next stitch, then pass the first (slipped) stitch over the second stitch.
|Second bind-off on the right side, with the right-side facing|
Knit the third stitch, pass the second stitch over.
|Second bind-off on the left side, with wrong-side facing|
Purl the third stitch, pass the second stitch over.
The fabric after step 18, turned and shown right-side facing. The
darker stitches are the bound-off stitches.