Chain bind-off – the easy way to bind off stitches

To finish off a knitted piece, the stitches are bound off. The easiest way to do this is by chain bind-off.

How to work the chain bind-off knitting tutorial donnarossa

The chain bind-off is probably the first bind-off method you will learn in knitting. At least that was the case for me. But for me, the bind-off edge was often too tight, so I always gave it a wide berth.

I usually bound off by knitting 2 stitches through the back loop together. But through the back loop knitting, the stitches are twisted. This way I had a more elastic selvedge, but the stitches were twisted.

That’s why I gave the chain bind-off another chance – and lo and behold: the edge was suddenly more elastic.

What might be the reason? I suppose it’s my thread tension. The more relaxed you … er, the thread is, the more elastic the edge becomes.

Whether beginner or advanced, this method is always needed.

For the chain bind-off you don’t need any other material than your knitting. So you can start right away.

How do you work the chain bind-off?

The chain bind-off can be used for both knit and purl stitches. Knit the stitches as they appear: a knit stitch is knitted knitwise, a purl stitch is knitted purlwise.
Make sure that the thread tension is loose when you bind off. The bind-off edge should be elastic. If you find it difficult to create an elastic edge, use a thicker needle for the bind-off (the right needle). Depending on your thread tension, you may be able to go up to two sizes larger. Try out what works for you.

  1. Knit the first 2 stitches as they appear. There are now 2 stitches on the right needle.

  2. Pulling over

    Insert the left needle from left to right into the 1st stitch and pull it over the 2nd stitch.

  3. Knitting

    Knit the next stitch as it appears.

  4. Repeat steps 2-3 until there is only 1 stitch left.

  5. Cut the thread, leaving a thread end of at least 10 cm and pull the thread through.

When using the chain bind-off, the bind-off edge tilts to the right side for stocking stitches and for reverse stocking stitches to the wrong side.

When using this bind-off method for garter stitch, bind off on the wrong side. This way the bind-off edge tilts to the wrong side.

Example for the chain bind-off

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