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Stretchy Bind-Off

 
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Why Use a Stretchy Bind-Off?

A stretchy bind-off is an easy way to add elasticity to the edge of stockinette or garter stitch fabric, preventing the edge from pulling in or binding. It is ideal for binding off the edges of sleeves, necklines, or wraps, where a flexible edge is necessary for fit or to prevent distortion of a stitch pattern. The stretchy bind-off does flair slightly, so it is best used where it can be sewn into a seam or with an open fabric that can be blocked out to match the edge.

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Step 1

Knit 2 stitches.

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Step 2

Insert lefthand needle into the front of the 2 loops on the righthand needle.

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Step 3

Knit these 2 stitches together through the back loop.

 
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Step 4

Knit 1 stitch. 2 loops on righthand needle.

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Step 5

Insert lefthand needle into the front of the 2 loops on the righthand needle.

Step 6

Knit these 2 stitches together through the back loop

 
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Repeat steps 4–6 until all stitches have been bound off. Break yarn and pull end through final stitch.

 

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Yarn shown is Shibui Knits Drift in Ash.