Tuesday Tip: Extra Stretchy Bind Off


  • Paulette J Bergman

    OhMyGoodness! Where have I been? I just found you!! And you speak “knit” incredibly well with all kinds of new ways and means. Thank you!!! Paulette J (aka pj stitches!)

    February 11, 2015
  • Bluenut

    There are two things that confuse me about this bind off:

    1) it looks like it really distorts the stitch that you leave on the left needle as you manoeuvre to get to bind of the stitch on the right hand needle. I’ve taken your Craftsy Improve your knitting class, and I know that generally we should avoid distortion. Why doesn’t it matter in this case?

    2) How does it work? As in, why does leaving the stitch behind on the left needle end up leading to a looser bind off.

    Also, I was wondering what it was called.

    February 15, 2015
    • Stitches are wider than they are tall, so when they lie down on their side (for a bind off), they need a little help to reach the next stitch. The stitch on the needle is being bound off, so the stretch is part of what makes it elastic. Hanging onto the stitch helps you naturally (and evenly) add more height to the next stitch you are knitting. It’s similar effect to binding off with a larger needle. I never saw this one in a book (I just played around and noticed it made a nice stretchy bind off), so I don’t know if it has a name.

      February 16, 2015
    • bluenut

      Thanks Patty. 🙂

      February 16, 2015

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