Today's post is about a lesser known stretchy bind off. It's a variation on Elizabeth Zimmerman's sewn bind off, but stretchier! This bind off is great for toe up socks, and anywhere you'd like a nice stretchy edge. It's also a near perfect match for the backwards loop cast on! We suggest trying this on your next cowl too, as you can have perfectly matching and stretchy edges on both your cast on and bind off edges. This bind off can be difficult if worked over really large numbers of stitches, like on the bottom edge of a shawl. Because the yarn is cut and pulled through the stitches you need a tail that's four times the length of your fabric where you are binding off, which can be quite large on the bottom edging of a shawl! This bind off is, however, faster and easier than some of the knit alternatives, so we'd recommend trying it on smaller projects that have a moderate number of stitches that need to be bound off. This bind off is great for any pattern you're working. Our swatch here is knit in stockinette stitch, but this bind off works on all stitch patterns equally well. Step 1: Measure out yarn to about 4 times the length of your fabric, then an extra 10-16" for a tail, cut yarn and thread through a blunt tip tapestry needle. Step 2: Insert the tapestry needle purlwise into the first stitch, pulling it off the needle. Step 3: Insert tapestry needle knitwise into the next stitch, leaving the stitch on the needle. Step 3: Pull yarn through the two stitches, leaving a loop before the first stitch (the one that you just dropped off the knitting needle). Step 4: With the yarn in front bring the tapestry needle through the loop, from front to back, making sure the loop is not twisted. Step 5: Pull yarn and tapestry needle until the loop is snug. You've bound off one stitch! Repeat Steps 1-5 until there's one stitch left on the needle, and just slip that off the needle. It won't unravel because you've already passed yarn through this stitch, since the sewn bind off pulls the yarn through each stitch twice, (once when you pull through and leave the stitch on the needle, and again when you thread the yarn through the stitch and pull it off the needle). The first and last stitch will only have the yarn passed through once, but that's enough to make sure it won't come unraveled. If you try this bind off we'd love to hear about it! If you knit socks cuff down be sure to take a look at our Super Stretchy Picot Cast-On Tutorial! Is there another technique that you'd like to see us write about on the blog? Leave a comment and let us know! In the meantime, happy yarn shopping at Alpaca Direct!
Alpaca Direct Blog
About Alpaca Direct addi adknitalong ADsockalong alpaca alpaca direct Alpaca Socks alpaca store alpaca yarn company Alpacas alpacor amex apparel store arnold austermann step baby baby janes backpacking bag bay area shopping beginner beginning knitting beginning spinning bind-off blocking booties brentwood brioche knit building blocks building in color bulky Cable Knitting cardigan cascade heritage Cascade Pacific cascade ultra pima cascade yarn cashmere cast on challenge Challenges charity chunky chunky yarn circular needles Classes cnn coeur d'alene cold cold feet color work cotton cowl craft crafts crochet crochet along crochet class crochet classes crocheting Customer Stories dahlgren darning needle dead fish hat debbie bliss DIY dog sweater dress casual drop spindle dropped stitch duplicate stitch dye dyeing wool earth day easter egg dye eco-craft end of summer environment fair fall fashion felting fiber fiber prep figure eight fingerless finish free fish Fixitfriday footwear fortune foster kids frank free freshwater friendship gift giveaway gloves golf great wheel groupon hand dye yarn hand spinning hat hayden health heel hiking hiya hiya how to how to crochet idaho ideas iluvalpacadirect Image independent Independent's Celebration inspiration jack James Hobart Jennifer Wood jessica jewelry jody-moody KAL karbonz kelley-hobart kitchener stitch kjirstine knit knit along knit group knit ribbing knitted hat knitting knitting classes knitting group knitting in the round Knitting News knitting problems knitting retreat knitting techniques knitting tips Kollage Needles koolaid lace lace knitting learn to crochet learn to knit madelinetosh magic loop malabrigo malabrigo nube malabrigo rios man hat mari Maria Welke mattress stitch memory mentoring misti alpaca mittens mom neckwarmer needle felting needles nicklaus north face north idaho fair northern california obermeyer old shale open knitting Our Alpaca Ranch owl owls palmer Palouse Yarn Company Panda Sock Patterns pearl performance peru pet photo contest picot pima plarn plastic plymouth yarn pollution powerreviews prize product review Products Reviews project red scarf Projects Promotions purl side Queensland Llama Lace rasta reading recycle red scarf project retail reuse review ribbing roving scarf seamed seamless sewn bind off shawl sheep Shooting Yarn Shop Small short rows shrug sinatra ski slippers slouch hat small business saturday snow sock sock blockers sock heel sock knitting sock monkey sockalong socks socktober sox stix spin Spin In spindle spinning spinning classes spinning group spinning wheel spinzilla spinzilla2014 split stitch sports stitch patterns stitches west Store News stranding stretchy stretchy bind off stretchy cast on summer super bulky yarn super stretchy superwash sweater sweaters SweetGeorgia Yarns t-shirt teamalpacadirect techniques throw toe up toe up socks top down trail trekking xxl turkish cast on tutorial Tutorials twins Uncategorized unisono upcycle vest waves win winter women wool wrap yarn yarn show yarn store Zauberball Sock Zen Yarn Garden zitron