The Sloped Bind-off

The Sloped Bind-off

Hello, I am Cheryl Brunette and today I am going to show you a way to get rid
of those ugly stepped bind-offs with a sloped bind off. Music playing
“Simple Gifts” There are places in knitting especially in sweater construction where
you need to make either a slanted edge or a curved edge. And the language
that tells you to do that is usually something like this: “At the
beginning of the next four rows bind off five stitches.” Or “Bind off 10 stitches at the beginning of
the next row then four stitches, three stitches, one and one.” And if you follow these
directions literally you get a stair-step effect which is difficult to sew into a seam in this case or pick up around the edge. Now usually for slant like this I use short rows but for a curve, especially around
the neck where you might get a little bit of interference seeing where you wrapped and turned, I use a sloped bind off. And the sloped bind off as opposed to this one looks
like this. This is the exact same bind off
sequence as this one. I also used it in this shoulder but in general I prefer to use short rows and you can find out about short
rows in this video that I have already put out.
That gives a good slant. So let me show
you how to do this sloped bind off. I am going to pretend that I am
following this sequence except instead of 10 I am going to start with 6 stitches. The first part of your bind off . . . the first row of that sequential set of bind offs, you simply bind off regularly. Pass it over. Make sure that it is not too tight. 1, 2, 3 . . . 4, 5, 6. [Cheryl counting aloud] I have 1, 2, 3. This is how you can see how
many you have bound off. 1,2,3. There is my fourth stitch. Five . . . and six. One, two, three, four five, six . . . and I am just going to knit across the rest
of that row. And I will purl back. And if I look at my pattern here, where I
had the first six stitches and my next time I’m going to do four when I get over there. So let me purl
back to where I need to be . . . and this is where it is different.
You do not purl all the way to the end that of that row. You stop one stitch before the end of that row
and turn your work. And then you slip this . . . instead of working it you slip it and
you can see . . . this is one row. This is one row taller. You slip it
and pass that over. And then complete the rest of that bind off. I was supposed to have a total of four stitches so that was one . . . two . . . three four. And go to the end of that row. Again . . . this time I am
supposed to have three stitches according to my pattern here. So I am going to go back . . . I will purl back . . . Stop before you get to that last stitch
on the purl side. (It would be on the knit side if you were going in the opposite direction). Slip that first stitch. Pull it so that it is
a little bit snug and pass over. One . . . two . . . three. Now, look at that curve. and you could just
complete the last two stitches. In fact, I will just go ahead
and do that. Except I am getting so short on my little mock
swatch here . . . I am just going to do it this way. I am going to turn my work after only one stitch and slip this over. Now I pull that out and
there I have it. Instead of a lumpy bumpy thing, I have
a nice, curved edge. By now you realize that you do not have to follow patterns literally, that you are bringing skills
to these patterns that will not only make for better
looking products but will give you a more joyful and
satisfying knitting experience. So congratulations! Congratulations on
being such a good student. And until I see you again, where you will learn even more skills . . . Enjoy your knitting. [Throat clearing] Okay. . . um Hi . .. I’m Cheryl . . . I don’t like that . . . Hello . . .

Comments (42)

  1. As always very interesting and important to know! Thank you!

  2. thankyou so much, you just saved all my knitting from today and forward 🙂
    Thanks for your uploads, I always look at your channel.
    Greetings from Denmark

  3. what a beautiful finished look and so easy too thanks for showing us how to do it right. =).  I like things looking perfect to the point that i will rip out work and start again in knitting and in crochet.

  4. No more ugly knitting.

  5. Cheryl, I love all of your neat tricks!  

  6. Thanks so much for this and all of your videos.

  7. Me gustó este método para terminar una prenda tejida. Muchas gracias por ayudarnos !!! … Un placer ver tus videos !!! … Saludos …

  8. Thank you so much. Very helpful, and much better than the old way.

  9. Slick! Thank you so much!

  10. Tks for sharing this clean, smooth finishing. I loved it !
     I didn't knit any sweater yet, only small things so far. I went back to knitting last year after decades : )  of interruption. I like very much your techniques (grafting, p.ex.). I got your book Sweater 101 and I intend to make a sweater someday. : ))

  11. I really enjoy how you finish the work out and we see what the process is keeping us focused. Thanks Cheryl.  One of my all time go-to video teachers.  <3

  12. You are amazing. Love your smile and the soft music too . Thanks for sharing. Hugs xxx

  13. Happy Dance! no more uglies! Thank you, you are wonderful!

  14. I wish I could make soooooo many likes!

  15. Genial!!!! Gracias!

  16.  I was making a pair of 'pedicure socks' and was really stuck on how to bind off on a slant.  I usually do not post comments but I appreciate your help I thought I must thank you!

  17. Hi Cheryl!
    I am working on a sweater and I want to do the short row bind off at the shoulders. I understand how to do the front of the sweater, but I am having a hard time with the back of the sweater. the pattern says to bind off 10 stitches the next 4 rows then bind off 10 stitches the next 2 rows and then bind off 54 sts for the back of the neck. How do I use the short row bind off for the back?

  18. Fabtastic. Thnk you for sharing this, 

  19. Thank you! You are wonderful!!

  20. Hi Cheryl,.Wish you didn't live so far. I really admire you and appreciate every tutorial and the precious time you spent in making these fantastic videos.Y've taught me so much in such a short time. Please may I ask you, many patterns ask for raglan shaping and I'm clueless as HOW to JOIN the two pieces. I know I already reuested a video before. PLEASE If you do have some spare moments could you do a video?  Thanks in advance and thanks for sharing and caring. I would love to donate for your videos.They are o precious.  You fan xxx.

  21. hello Ms. Cheryl, thank you very much for such a good Tutorial.  May I ask you pls?I am working on at the Back of my Pullover. The shape is very similar to the Back on your Video. I did the Short Row shaping on Both Shoulders. Now my Problem is. How will I Bind it off, when the Neck ( Back ) is Straight like yours. ?Please help me

  22. Your classes are really interesting. Youi give knitting an elegant look. Thank you so much.

  23. خیلی عالی بود.very nice😘

  24. Got it!! Will use it to complete my round neck sweater

  25. I just completed the round neck using your video, and works beautifully, so glad I found this video

  26. You are a peach!!! I love your teaching method and your videos. Thanks for another great one.

  27. what I don't understand how to do is when I have finished the right side of the collar and I try to pick up from the initial bind off stitches on the left and do the other side, It just ends up as a mess for me when I try, somehow I need to integrate both new yarn into the jumper and somehow pick up a stitch from the bind off, not sure if I should also start by purling across to pick up the bind off stitch, haha, too hard for me, oh well…

  28. Thank you for showing this.

  29. Very helpful, thank you!

  30. I do hope your eye op, forgot if it is already done, help to bring you back to us. You are so nice to knit with. Thank you and be blessed.

  31. Once again, I've learned something very useful from you. This is a much better method and look – thank you Cheryl for once again sharing your expertise.

  32. genius?how could I knit until now witout that?thank , thank you ,thank you.

  33. I understand how you are binding off. It's simple, right? I'm in the process of binding off stitches to shape the shoulder for the back piece. The instructions say in "Love of Knitting" Summer 2016 issues — Chloe Cardigan on page 52: "Shape Shoulders: BO 6 sts at beg of next 6 roows, then BO 6 sts at beg of foll 2 rows — 41 sts remain" What would be the best way to BO these stitches evenly for the back piece at the shoulders? How could I divide up the BO's? BO 3 sts each side? I'm at a stand still until I get this resolved.

  34. Have you any of these tips in writing? I think your help is great but need to keep pausing the videos

  35. Hi, Cheryl. Haven't seen you here for a long time. Hope you are doing well. Please when you read this, just give a sign. Still love your videos very very much.

  36. That is just awesome, Cheryl. I am about to do a sweater and this is just perfect as I've always hated that horrid step. Thanks again for making this video. Lu x

  37. Hi Cheryl,could you help me to make round Neck,I found some videos but can’t understand its language ,if you help me I will be thankful


  39. Thank you so much for this informative tut!! I am a new knitter and didn't know you could cheat instructions, makes me wonder why it wasn't created this way in the first place! Also how do you know how many you can choose to bind off like you did on the 6 you bound off instead of 10? I am dying to make a sweater but won't attempt it until I can understand the methods first.. thanks for your help! Will be checking out your website!

  40. This is wonderful advice, thank you Cheryl—finishing techniques make garments look professional, classy, and expensive. This is a great technique for a good finish

  41. Cheryl, I'm so delighted that your videos continue to be available for repeated reviews and to remind me with a guided demonstration of how to do what is needed…and I needed this sloped bind off today! Thank you!!

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