Stretchy Bind-Off


When to use a stretchy bind-off

The upper end of sleeves in drop shoulder sweaters, the final edge of shawls – there are times when a standard bind-off is likely to be too tight and pull or distort the fabric. This stretchy bind-off is deal for cases where a sturdy edge is needed, but where puckering or pulling might be an issue.

Step 1

Knit the first two stitches: two loops on the right-hand needle.

Step 2

Insert the left-hand needle into the front loops of the stitches just worked.


Step 3

Knit these two stitches together through the back loop. 


Step 4

Knit one stitch: two loops on the right-hand needle.

Repeat steps 2–4 until all stitches have been bound off, ending with step 3.



Yarn shown is Shibui Knits Drift in Ash.