Sometimes a knitting project calls for you to bind off in pattern. But what does bind off in pattern mean?
Just that, continue the pattern, but bind off at the same time. In this tutorial learn how to bind off in pattern with step by step instructions for beginner knitters.
For this example, we are using the seed stitch pattern. Seed stitch is alternating knit and purl stitches. So for a bind off in pattern with seed stitch we will continue to alternate stitches, binding off as we go.
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When to Bind Off in Pattern?
If your knitting pattern says bind off, then you can use the standard bind off. The basic bind off is perfect for garter stitch projects that use all the same stitches.
When the pattern tells you to bind off in pattern then you need to keep working the bind off row like a row in the same pattern.
Seed stitch is a great example to use for this bind off, because it’s easy to see the single knits and little purl bumps. But it works for other patterns too.
Often the last row of your knitting project is on a wrong side. So your bind off is on the right side of your work.
There are different ways to bind off. The most common way is the basic bind off. The bind off in pattern and stretchy bind off are some of the first beginners learn.
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- Your project that’s ready to bind off, or a few knit rows of seed stitch to practice on.
- I’m using 4.5 mm needles* (US Size 7)I knit with a circular needle. 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 this is your basic bind off.
CO – cast on
K – Knit
live stitches – are the loops on your knitting needle, the stitches that you have not knit yet.
st(s) – stitch(es)
You can work seed stitch with an even number of stitches or an odd number of stitches. If you have an even number then you’ll have a two row repeat. An odd number will be only one repeat row.
Bind Off In Pattern Seed Stitch Video Tutorial
Check out the full step by step video tutorial on You Tube.
Scroll down for the bind off tutorial!
- You'll need your knitting project that's ready to bind off.
- The same needles you are using to knit with. I'm using my 4.5 mm needles US 7 needles.
- Once you have finished the last row in your pattern it's time to turn and bind off in pattern on the next row.
- The pattern we are working is seed stitch, so we knit where there is a purl, and purl where there is a knit.
- Here I have a purl and a knit, so I will knit the first and purl the second stitch.
- Insert left needle into the first stitch on the right needle,
- Pull the stitch back over the second stitch.
- Now continue to alternate knits and purls, so I knit the next stitch, then pull the first stitch over it to bind off.
- Then I purl one, bind off. Then knit, bind off, etc. Repeat this to the end of the row.
- After the last stitch is bound off, pull the yarn through the last stitch.
- Cut yarn and weave in loose ends of the yarn.
Now you can try binding off in pattern on your next project!
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