Knitting - Basic Techniques
Binding off is a technique for finishing off stitches on the needle so they donít come apart and removing the fabric from the knitting needle. There are various ways to bind off. You can use knitting needles, a crochet hook for a slip-stitch bind-off, or a yarn needle for a loop bind-off or a rib-stitch bind-off. In all cases, the tension of the bound-off stitches should match the flexibility of the fabric.
Binding off with knitting needles
Bind off stitches with the common bind-off stitch, using knitting needles.
|With right-side facing, knit the 2 edge stitches.|
|Pass the first stitch over the second stitch.|
|Knit the next stitch.|
|Pass the second stitch over the third stitch. Repeat steps 3 and 4 across.|
|Pulling the yarn end through the last stitch, tighten the stitch.|
|Purl the 2 edge stitches, then pass the first stitch over the second stitch.|
|Purl the next stitch; pass the second stitch over the third stitch.|
|Continue to the end. Pull the yarn through the last stitch and fasten off.|
Bind off in rib
(Single rib shown.)
|Knit the knit-stitches and purl the purlstitches, passing over after working every second stitch.|
|Pull the yarn through the last stitch and fasten off.|