At KnitFreedom, I want to help you de-mystify your knitting patterns.
Since learning to read a knitting pattern lets you knit so many new things, I wanted to focus on some new instructions you may not have heard before: “Bind Off in Pattern.”
“Bind off in pattern” means to knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches as you bind off.
In ribbing, this flattens the bound-off edge and places the chain of stitches at the top (instead of the front) of the fabric. In cables or other stitch patterns, this helps the bind-off blend into the pattern. It also adds a bit of stretch to the bind-off.
In order to easily bind off in pattern, you’ll need to be able to recognize your knit and purl stitches.
Here’s how to bind off in pattern:
By the way, this is just part of one of over 50 beginner-to-advanced tips and techniques I include in my I Love Bind-Offs video course, a comprehensive reference library that will help you create a professional finish for every project. Grab your copy today.
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