The Basic Bind Off in Knitting

Finishing your work by binding off in knitting is a simple process with the basic bind off.  While there are many ways to bind off, this way is one of the most simplest ways to finish your work.  The key is to make sure to bind loose enough so that your work has enough stretch but not too loose that it looks sloppy.

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Step 1: Knit 2 stitches.  Keep those stitches on the right needle.

 
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Step 2: Take the left needle and put it through the first stitch on the right needle.

 

 
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Step 3: With the left needle, pull the first stitch on the right needle over the second stitch on that same needle.

 
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Step 4: Take the left needle out of the first stitch and the first stitch is now bound off.

Knit the next stitch and repeat Steps 2-4 across the work.

 
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Knit the next stitch and repeat Steps 2-4 across the work.

When you get to the last stitch, take the needle out, but about 5 inches of extra yarn, and weave the end of the yarn through the open loop.

 
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When you get to the last stitch, take the needle out, but about 5 inches of extra yarn, and weave the end of the yarn through the open loop.

 
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Pull tight and weave the end through the work.

Congratulations.... you've finished your work!