techniques

Sewn Bind Off Tutorial with No Sewing

Hana loves yellow. She’s been asking me for handknit yellow socks. I was worried that by the time I had time to knit them she might have a new favourite colour—she does that sometimes.

Tip Toe Up socks hand knitting pattern by Holli Yeoh

Since I needed a new sample for my Tip-Toe-Up Socks class, the decision was easy–yellow socks! Hana loves them and she 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 left needle …

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

P1, leaving the stitch on the left needle 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 left needle …

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

P1 …

dropping the st off the left needle 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.