How to knit the invisible ribbed bind-off

The invisible ribbed bind-off is my newest favourite method to bind off the stitches. This method is invisible and very elastic. This is particularly suitable for cuffs or socks knitted toe-up.

A while back, I showed you the technique of working the Italian bind-off. But since a few weeks, I know a new technique of how you invisibly bind off in the rib pattern. Since I’ve known this method of bind-off, I’ve only bind off like this.

The advantage of this method is that you have less work than with the Italian method. It does not require any preparation such as setup rows or rounds.

Required material

  • tapestry needle
  • scissors

How to knit the invisible ribbed bind-off

  1. The thread should be at least three times as long as the piece to bind off is wide. Cut the yarn and thread the end through the tapestry needle.
  2. Insert the tapestry needle from right to left through the first (knit) stitch on the needle and pull through.
  3. Insert the tapestry needle knitwise through the next (purl) stitch and pull the yarn through.
  4. Insert the tapestry needle knitwise into the first knit stitch and pull the yarn through, letting the stitch fall off the needle.
  5. Insert the tapestry needle purlwise into the next knit stitch and pull the yarn through.
  6. Insert the tapestry needle purlwise into the first purl stitch and pull the yarn through, letting the stitch fall from the needle.
  7. Bring the tapestry needle behind the first knit stitch and insert it knitwise into the next purl stitch, pulling the yarn through.
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 until 1 stitch remains. Pull the tail through the last stitch and weave in the end.

Knitting patterns to try out this new technique

Thanks to this bind-off method your knitting projects will look professional. And in contrast to the Italian bind-off, this bind-off edge is nice and flat. How have you bound off in the rib pattern so far?

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