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How to Bind Off Your Knitting a Tutorial

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When your first knitting project is complete you’ll need to bind off your knitting. Learn how to finish your knitting with this step by step bind off tutorial for beginner knitters.

If you’re new to knitting there are so many things to learn. Binding off is an essential to getting your beautiful work off the needles!

There are a variety of ways to bind off, depending on your needs. This knitting tutorial is a for a basic bind off which works great with the knit stitch.

For this tutorial you can use your current project. If you want to learn the bind off before you dive into a bigger pattern, then cast on and knit a few rows.

Knit bind off with scissors.

I love a chunky cowl, it’s such a cozy knitted project. The Giana Cowl is a total beginner pattern works up quick in just one skein of yarn.

Woman with honey yellow cowl knit in garter on neck.

When to bind off?

Binding off is the one of the final steps at the end of a project. You’re so close to enjoying your newly knit accessory!

It is common that the last row of your knitting project is on a wrong side. This means you will often bind off on the right sides.

There are plenty of exceptions to this, and your pattern will let you know when to bind off your knit stitches.

There are different ways to bind off, and so many knitting techniques to learn. This tutorial is for the standard bind off.

If you’re finishing a knitted garment with shoulder seams, you might want to try a three needle bind off instead. Very Pink Knits has a green video tutorial for the 3 needle bind off here.

I enjoy learning different techniques to improve my knitting!

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More Free Beginner Knitting Patterns

  1. The Giana Pocket Shawl is made in the same yarn and just as simple to knit.
  2. This chunky knit earwarmer makes a great first knitting project.
  3. If you have a single hank of hand dyed yarn then the Tostata Triangle Scarf Knitting Pattern is perfect!
  4. The Easy Knit Scarf is a simple one skein, garter stitch scarf that’s perfect for beginners.

These simple knit pattern use easy steps so they are great ideas for beginning knitters to try.


You’re likely using the yarn you chose for your project, that’s perferct.

For the yarn in this tutorial I’m using a #5 bulky yarn, the same Woolspun I use in the Giana patterns.

For a limited time this yarn is back in stock! Get Woolspun from Lion Brand* while you can. It’s a squishy favorite.


  • your project that’s ready to bind off, or a few knit rows to practice on.
  • I’m using 8mm needles I knit with circular/cable needles. You can use the same needles from your project, or ones that match your yarn.
  • tapestry needle to weave in the yarn tail

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

BO-bind off

Bind off in pattern – means to continue following the stitch pattern on your bind off row. An easy example of this would be seed stitch, where you K1, P1.

CO-cast on


live stitches – are the loops on your needle, the stitches that you have not knit yet.



Helpful Knitting Tutorials

Cast On With A Crochet Hook As a crocheter, this is my favorite and go-to cast on method.

The Long Tail Cast On is another easy and popular cast on method.

Eventually you will need to know how to join new yarn, the magic knot is one way.

How to change colors when you slip 1 at the beginning of a row.

Skill Level


Bind Off Video Tutorial

Check out the full step by step video tutorial on You Tube.

Scroll down for the bind off tutorial!

Bound off edge and scissors.

How To Bind Off to Finish Your Knitting

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to bind off knitting when you finish your knit projects! The simple bind off method is easy to learn in this step by step tutorial.


  • You'll need your knitting project that's ready to bind off. I'm using the pocket on the Giana Pocket Shawl for this tutorial.


  • The same needles you are using to knit with. I'm using my 8mm needles US 11 needles.


  1. Once you have worked the last row of stitches in your pattern it's time ot bind off. On the next row, knit the first two stitches.
  2. Insert left hand knitting needle into first stitch you knit. Insert left needle into first stitch.Pull the first stitch over the second stitch you knit. Pull up each stitch a little so you don't bind off too tightly. This binds off one stitch.
  3. Knit the next stitch.
  4. Insert left needle into the first stitch on the right needle, pull the stitch back over the second stitch.
  5. Continue to repeat step 3 and 4 for the length of your work.
  6. After the last stitch is bound off, pull the yarn through the last stitch.Yarn needle and knit pocket.
  7. Cut yarn and weave in loose ends of the yarn.
  8. Enjoy your finished knitting piece!


Happy knitting!

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