Double Bind Off

VIDEO TUTORIAL

The Double Bind Off is a decorative bind off similar to the three needle bind off but it results in two columns of knit stitches that lay nice and flat.

Here’s a short video tutorial demonstrating the technique. And for those of you who prefer a quick photo tutorial as a reminder, just scroll down.

The Breakers cowl in my book Tempest uses this technique. Feather Cardigan Wrap, a pattern that was exclusively designed for River City Yarns.

DOUBLE BIND-OFF PHOTO TUTORIAL

To work the bind off you’ll need three needles, one of which must be a double pointed needle. Stitches are created by alternating a single knit stitch, then a single purl stitch from opposite ends of the double pointed needle.

Step 1

Two needles with stitches on them held parallel with left hand.

Hold both needles parallel to one another with wrong sides together.

Step 2

Empty double-pointed needle (third needle) just finishing a knit stitch into the first stitch on front needle.

Using the double pointed needle (dpn), knit 1 from the front needle.

Step 3

Third needle (dpn) with single stitch on it and a yellow arrow indicating that needle should be rotated so other end of needle can be worked on back needle.

Third needle purling into first stitch on back needle.

Swing the dpn counter-clockwise and slide it through the stitch so the opposite end is ready to be used; with yarn in front (wyif), purl 1 from back needle—2 sts on dpn.

Step 4

Third needle with two stitches on it and yellow arrows showing how to rotate it so the other end is ready to work on the front needle.

With two stitches already on third needle, it's inserted into the first stitch of the front needle knitwise.

Tip of left front needle lifting middle stitch from right needle (third needle).

Left front needle just completing the bind off of the middle stitch from the right needle.

*Swing dpn clockwise and slide it through the stitches again so the front end is ready to be used; with yarn in back (wyib), knit 1 from the front needle, then pass the middle stitch over the last stitch worked on the dpn—2 sts remain on dpn.

Step 5

Right needle (third needle) just finishing up a purl stitch on back needle making three stitches on right needle.

Left back needle is lifting middle strand from right needle over last stitch in a bind off.

Swing dpn counter-clockwise and slide it through the stitches so the back end is ready to be used; wyif, purl 1 from back needle, then pass the middle stitch over the last stitch worked on the dpn—2 sts remain on dpn.

Step 6

Completed double bind off looking like a double column of knit stitches.

Repeat from Step 4 until no stitches remain on the left-hand needles and 2 stitches remain on the dpn, k2tog. Break yarn leaving an 8” (20 cm) tail and enlarge your final stitch until the cut end of the tail pulls free.