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Really Clear: How to Bind Off Your Knitting (cc)

Really Clear: How to Bind Off Your Knitting (cc)


So we have as much knitted as we want– we have our beautiful, light-purple pirate eyepatch! And it’s time to bind off. If we have these stitches–they’re what’s called live, or loose stitches–and if you take them off, your knitting will run down, and that means you haven’t bothered knitting anything! So. You’re going to start out by knitting 2 stitches. You need a first stitch, and a second stitch. The way I go in is in this direction, I go through with the left needle, and I pull that first stitch (holding onto the working yarn so the first stitch doesn’t pop off)– Pull the stitch over and off the needle. Over, like that. Now you knit a second stitch. You always need 2 stitches on the right needle–to pull one over the other. And, again, it takes practice before you feel very comfortable doing this. But again, if you can grab this, pull it over like that…. When you pull this out, pull it a little bit to keep it loose. If your bind-off is tight, you can get uncomfortable– you get funny curves on things. That gives you a nice, kind of comfy bind-off. Pull it out just a little more than you think you need. And there’s the final stitch. I’m going to cut my yarn. And now all you have to do is keep that needle in the stitch, and pull on the stitch to make the loop bigger and bigger and bigger, until the end just pops out. And that’s very secure. Now what you’re going to do is weave in the ends.
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