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How To Bind Off In Pattern

Liat Gat - Founder

April 19, 2011

"Bind off in pattern" is a pattern instruction that means knit your knits and purl your purls as you bind off. This flattens the bound-off edge. In order to do it right, you'll need to be able to recognize your knit and purl stitches. Here's how.

In Pattern Bind Off for 1x1 Rib square sm 1At 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:

Bind Off In Pattern
Bind Off In Pattern

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I Love Bind Offs coverBy 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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