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Sewn Bind Off Tutorial with No Sewing

Devan loves yellow. He’s been asking me for handknit yellow socks. I was worried that by the time I had time to knit them he might have a new favourite colour–he does that sometimes.

Since I needed a new sample for my Tip-Toe-Up Socks class, the decision was easy–yellow socks! Devan loves them and he still loves yellow.

In the class I show how to knit a replaceable heel for these socks and it requires some grafting. I demonstrate grafting on the needles which feels much more like a knitterly endeavour than Kitchener stitch does.

When I finished off the socks the other day I wanted to try a new (to me) stretchy bind off. I had heard that Elizabeth Zimmerman’s sewn bind off is among the best. Hmm, but I don’t like sewing. So I applied the same logic as grafting on the needles and it works wonderfully. Let me show you.

Tutorial

Start with a tail about four times the length of your bind off edge.

K2tog leaving the two sts on the LHN …

and then enlarge the new stitch pulling the tail all the way through until there is no longer a stitch on the RHN.

P1, leaving the stitch on the LHN and pull the yarn all the way through.

Slip the last worked stitch to the end of the round to become the final bind off stitch. This step creates a neater finish when working in the round.

**K2tog leaving the two sts on the LHN …

and then enlarge the new stitch pulling the tail all the way through until there is no longer a stitch on the RHN.

P1 …

dropping the st off the LHN and pull the yarn all the way through the dropped stitch.

Repeat from **.

When not working in the round you don’t need to slip the first st of the round to the end of the round, just start the bind off at the **.

Try this bind off on your next pair of socks or neck edging and let me know if you like it.

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