Binding off your knitwear

Knitted sweater, binding off

There are some techniques in knitting that are vital to know. One of them is to cast on, another is to be able to bind off your knitwear properly. If you bind off too tightly, the sweater or blouse will be difficult to get on and off. But binding off too loosely can also give the blouse an unwanted look - who wants a rib that is not tight enough? In this blog post you can learn to bind off your knitting projects nicely and consistently.

When you're done knitting

Once you've reached the end of your project, whether you are knitting a sweater, a blanket, a pair of socks or something else, it's crucial that you master the finishing technique. If you cannot bind off properly, you may risk that the project you have been spending months making, unravels and then you’ll have to start all over. There are several different ways to bind off, each with its advantages and expression. Which method to use depends on what you knit and what expression you want.

You can risk binding off your knitwear too loosely or too tightly - this can result in an overly tight bind-off, that can break or will prevent you from using your knitwear.

We use the i-cord technique in: Emma and Cozy cardigan.

It can be difficult to bind off in mohair - so if you need to knit e.g. Fluffy Fluffy Sweater it is a good idea to read the blog post here first - so you can choose which bind-off technique you want to use.

Different types of bind-off techniques:

Italian bind-off: Gives a great result for single ribs and patent stitches

Picot bind-off: Makes a decorative hemline

I-Cord closure: Decorative bind-off technique e.g. with a new color

Elastic closure: Used when two knitting projects are to be made into one.

Emma sjal

The most used technique for binding off

The mostly used binding off technique can be used with any type of knitwear and is incredibly easy to learn - perhaps the easiest part of knitting at all! To get a looser closure, you may want to finish with a larger needle than the one you knitted with or make sure to knit loosely on the very last row.

Read here and get Önling’s step by step guide on how to bind off:

Step 1:

If you are knitting garter stitches, you bind off by knitting two normal garter stitches, while with ribs, you knit garter over the garter stitch and purl over the purl stitch.

Step 2:

Insert the left needle into the first stitch you made on the right needle and pull the mask back over the front stitch and let it go.

Step 3:

Now you have only one stitch on your right needle. Knit another stitch and pull your second stitch over the third one, just like you did in step 2.

Step 4:

Repeat the process all the way around, until there is only a single stitch left.

Step 5:

When you reach the last stitch, pull the yarn through the stitch and tighten, then attach the thread.

Once you have finished your knitwear, you are ready to put on your new sweater / hat / blanket and get started on a new, exciting knitting project. Read our other blog posts here on the site where we will continue to publish posts about knitting techniques. See already the first post and learn about how to knit with multiple colors.

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