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Knitting Tutorial: How to Bind Off

By: M. E. Harrington, contributor for AllFreeKnitting

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I haven't knitted in about forty years. I found some of my old knitting books and am really interested in starting up with my old hobby again.

I haven't knitted in over 20 years and found this article to be very helpful in reminding me how to bind off stitches again. It was well illustrated and easy to follow. Thanks.


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