The Invisible Ribbed Bind Off For 1×1 Rib

I'm almost done putting my toe-up socks video e-book together, and I wanted to give you a sneak peek of my favorite technique:

The stretchy, hemmed-edge invisible ribbed bind-off.

Invisible Ribbed Bind-Off shown on a toe-up sock
You need a stretchy bind-off so you can get your foot into your toe-up sock. Watch the complete video tutorial for binding off two toe-up socks.... and go forth and bind off!

Here's how to do it (written instructions below the video):

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I'm almost done putting my toe-up socks video e-book together, and I wanted to give you a sneak peek of my favorite technique: The stretchy, hemmed-edge invisible ribbed bind-off. You need a stretchy bind-off so you can get your foot into your toe-up sock. Watch the complete video tutorial for bindi

To do the invisible ribbed bind-off, cut a long tail of at least 6 times the circumference of the project you want to bind off. Thread the tail on a tapestry needle.

Set-Up:
- go purlwise into stitch 1 (the stitch closest to the needle-tip)
- go knitwise FROM THE BACK into stitch 2.

Identify stitches 1, 2, 3, and 4. These labels do not change until you finish the repeat.

Repeat:
1) go knitwise into stitch 1, remove stitch from needle
2) go purlwise into stitch 3
3) go purlwise into stitch 2, remove stitch from needle
4) go knitwise FROM THE BACK into stitch 4

An easy mantra to repeat:
1) knit off purl,
2) purl off knit

Here's an illustration of the steps of the invisible ribbed bind off that has proved to be really helpful for some of my students.

Click to download the Invisible Ribbed Bind-Off PDF

If this invisible ribbed bind off tutorial was helpful, please post in the comments!


Videos from this post:

Invisible Ribbed Bind-Off for 1×1 Rib – Blog
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Illustrations referenced in this post:

Related Course: I Love Bind-Offs

"This guide makes it possible to find the perfect bind-off for any project & to approach the end of a project with confidence." -Sarah E. White, Editor of About.com Knitting

34 thoughts on “The Invisible Ribbed Bind Off For 1×1 Rib”

  1. Hi, I know this video is older (a classic!), but I was wondering how do you finish the bind off on a flat piece of knitting? I’m finishing a split-hem edge of a sweater, so the ribbing was back and forth, not in-the-round, and I don’t know what to do with my last stitch on the Left Needle…. I tried purling through it with the tapestry needle, but it leaves an “ear” that is somewhat loose/not secured. I’ve done… something… to it, but would like to know if you’ve got any tips for ending this bind off when it’s for flat knitting.

    Thanks for your time!

    1. Candy Franks – KnitFreedom Customer Happiness

      Hi Merry,
      Great question! I will be interested in the answer. I have passed this along to liat and she will get back to you as soon as possible. (she is on maternity leave right now).

      Happy Knitting and have a great day
      Candy

  2. Just searched for these instructions after using them for my last pair of socks. These are the best instructions. I like the illustrated ones the best so that I can refer back to them whilst knitting. Thanks!

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