How To Knit Icelandic Bind Off Step By Step Tutorial

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Learn how to knit the Icelandic bind-off. This one is easy to learn and remember. Plus it’s a great bind off for garter stitch or stockinette.

The edge is a bit thicker and rolls over so it gives your projects a finished almost decorative bind off. The written instructions below include pictures for each step.

Icelandic bind off edge on blue ombre knit shawl.

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Icelandic bind off edge on blue ombre knit shawl.

How To Icelandic Bind Off

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to finish your knitting with the icelandic bind-off.


  • A project ready for bind off.


  • Your knitting needles.


  1. Insert the right needle into the first stitch purlwise.Right needle tip ready to slip first stitch.
  2. Insert the needle tip into the next stitch knitwise.
  3. Wrap yarn over the needle, Yarn wrapped on needle for bind off.
  4. Pull it through and knit this second stitch. Pull yarn through to knit the stitch.
  5. Slide both stitches off the left-hand needle on to the right-hand needle. Last stitch on needle for icelandic bind off.
  6. Now slip the stitch back on the left needle Right needle inserted purl wise in knit shawl. and repeat steps 1 - 5 until all stitches are bound off.
  7. When you get to the last stitch pull up a long loop and cut the yarn.Long loop pulled up for the last stitch.

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