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Knitting Tutorial: How to Bind Off



After weeks of work, you're finally finished with your project. What now? You're going to need to know how to bind off your knitting without unraveling all of your hard work. Every good knitter needs to know how to bind off.  Learn how in this easy-to-understand tutorial. This step-by-step photo tutorial from M.E. Harrington is a great tool for beginning knitters to use while gaining confidence in their burgeoning knitting skills. For a complete knitting for beginners guide, don't miss our free eBook, Knitting or Beginners: 9 Free Tutorials

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  1. The first step to binding off is to knit, or purl, the first two stitches of the row.

  2. Use the tip of the knitting needle to pull the first stitch over the second stitch.  Pass the tip under the first stitch.

  3. Pull the first stitch over the second stitch.  You will now have only one stitch on the right hand needle.


  4. Knit or purl the next stitch.

  5. Repeat steps 2 to 4 across the row.


  6. Repeat steps 1 to 5, until you have no stitches left on the left hand needle, and only one stitch on the right hand needle. Slide the stitch off the needle. Cut the yarn approximately 6 inches long.

  7. Pull the yarn end through the last stitch, and pull to tighten up.

  8. Thread the yarn end into a yarn needle, and weave it through the finished work.



 For more binding off methods, check out these free video tutorials! 



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Feb 11, 2013

Found what I was looking for right away and the instructions were very easy to follow. Thanks for a great resource.


Nov 8, 2012

Wonderful instructions....very clear to a beginner.....thank you


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Nov 2, 2012

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Jan 18, 2012

Thank you for your great instructions plus the pictures really helped alot!


Jan 6, 2012

Thank you for the great instructions and pictures. It really helped to have both.


Oct 23, 2011

I was wondering if you could tell me how to bind off with the pirouette yarn when making a ruffle scarf.


Oct 5, 2011

i knew the basics of knitting but i have never made anything i only crochet, well idecided to try making simple childs hat and i could not remember how to bind off my mom was a wonderful knitter but she is gone now wish i would have paid more attention when she was here. thank you for this wonderful site.


Apr 29, 2011

I am new to knitting and I found this very helpful. It printed out well also. Thanks


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