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How to Bind Off Your Knitting a Tutorial

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

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 simple bind off.

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

Knit bind off with scissors.

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I love a chunky knit, it’s just so cozy. 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.
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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. Tostata Triangle Scarf Knitting Pattern is perfect for those single hanks of hand dyed yarn in your stash.
  4. The Easy Knit Scarf is a simple one skein, garter stitch scarf that’s perfect for beginners.

Yarn

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.

Materials

  • 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.

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

CO-cast on

K-Knit

BO-bind off

st(s)-stitch(es)

rep-repeat  

Helpful Knitting Videos

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 a New Ball of Yarn Video.

Level

Beginner

Bind Off Video

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

Bound off edge and scissors.

How To Bind Off 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 when you finish your knitting.

Materials

  • 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.

Tools

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

Instructions

  1. Knit the first two stitches.
  2. Insert left needle into first stitch you knit, Insert left needle into first stitch.pull the stitch back 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 steps 3-4 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 ends.

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