Kelley wrapped up work on her Pengweeno Baby Jacket and thought she would share three different knit bind-offs for you to consider for your future projects! She compared the i-cord bind off, Icelandic bind-off, and Jenny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off (JSSBO.) 

 Three Popular Knitting Bind-Offs

  1. I Cord Bind Off:  Pros- Dramatic, Structured and refined.Cons- Not stretchy, can be “thick” looking especially for a baby project. Step 1: Using the cable Cast on method, C/O 3 sts. Step 2: K2, *K2tog tbl* until all sts are bound off.
  1. Icelandic Bind Off:  Pros- Looks great next to garter stitch, more refined, stretchier than an I cord, easy to accomplish.Cons- It’s not as dramatic when using a different color of yarn like an I Cord is.K1, *Sl1 back PW, knit into the 2nd stitch on left needle as shown* repeat to the end of the round. Pull working yarn out of last stitch.
  2. Jenny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off: Pros- Adds structure to your edges, it’s stretchy.Cons- Can look sloppy if you don’t use a smaller needle (1-2 sizes smaller). It’s not as dramatic when using a different color of yarn like an I-Cord is. Click here for a tutorial on JSSBO.

Meg Bateman
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