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Tubular Bind-Off

 
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Why use a tubular bind-off?

A tubular bind-off creates a neat edge for 1 × 1 (k1, p1) ribbing. A variation of Kitchener Stitch, this tubular bind-off is a quick and simple way to achieve an elastic and elegant finish for cuffs, necklines, and more.


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Set Up

Measure out a tail at least 3 times the length to be bound off, break yarn and thread tail onto a tapestry needle.

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Step 1

Working from right to left, insert tapestry needle purlwise into the first stitch (a knit stitch) and pull the yarn through.

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Step 2*

Holding the tapestry needle behind the first stitch, insert knitwise into the next stitch (a purl stitch) and pull yarn through.

*See step 7 for an alternate view of this step.


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Step 3

Return the tapestry needle to the front and insert knitwise into the first (knit) stitch, slipping this stitch off the knitting needle.

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Step 4

With the tapestry needle at the front of the work, skip the first stitch on the knitting needle (a purl stitch) and insert the tapestry needle purlwise into the next stitch (a knit stitch). Pull yarn through.

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Step 5

Insert the tapestry needle purlwise into the first stitch (a purl stitch) and pull yarn through, slipping this stitch off the knitting needle.


Step 6

Holding the tapestry needle behind the first stitch on the knitting needle (a knit stitch), insert the tapestry needle knitwise into the next stitch (a purl stitch) and pull yarn through.

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Rep steps 3–6 until 2 stitches remain. Work step 3 once more, so  1 stitch remains. Insert tapestry needle purlwise into the last stitch and pull yarn through, drawing tight to secure. 


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Yarn shown is Shibui Knits Drift in Ash.