A standard bind-off is just too firm to use as a bind-off on lace. A stretchy bind-off is best for perfect lace projects. Here are the three best bind-offs I recommend for your lace knitting.

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Jeny’s Surprisingly-Stretchy Bind-Off (JSSBO) for 1×1 Rib

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Frilled Standard Bind-Off

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Blog Post: Best Bind-Off For Lace – The Frilled Standard Bind-Off

Frilled Standard Bind-Off - Best Bind-Off for LaceBy Liat Gat – Founder / Bind-Offs, Bind-Offs for Lace, Lace / February 20, 2014 / 88 Comments
A standard bind-off is just too firm to use as a bind-off on lace. That’s why patterns tell you to “bind off loosely.” But I have a better solution for you: The Frilled Standard Bind-Off. It’s fast, easy, you can block it and stretch it, and it fits perfectly with scalloped and straight edges. Read Post »


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Jeny’s Surprisingly-Stretchy Bind-Off (JSSBO) for 1×1 Rib

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This is an intermediate bind-off for ribbing that is super stretchy. It is not blazingly fast, but it’s faster than most of the other stretchy bind-offs out there.

This bind-off, also called JSSBO, is a heavy-duty bind-off that stretches out — yes — surprisingly far, and then, accordion-like, springs back into shape. It does this feat better than many other stretchy bind-offs, which either flare when un-stretched or stay stretched out once stretched (and nobody wants that).


Frilled Standard Bind-Off

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This is an intermediate, medium-speed bind-off that I highly recommend you learn, mostly because it’s great for binding off on lace projects — as a frilly bind-off it’s actually not very frilly at all.

It does increase the number of stitches that are in the bind-off, which makes the edge wider (thus making it flare out a little bit – hence, the “frill”).


Picot Chain Bind-Off

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Picot Chain Bind-Off on Lace (fFeather and Fan)
The Picot Chain Bind-Off is an intermediate, medium-speed increase bind-off. This means that you add stitches (yarnovers, in this case) in order to make a wider edge.

This bind-off is good on any knitting that flares out, when you need to make sure that the bind-off also flares out.

The Picot Chain bind-off is similar to the Yarnover Bind-Off in that it uses yarnovers every other stitch in order to increase the width of the bind-off. Unlike the Yarnover bind off, however, there’s no purling involved.

I don’t particularly like the look of the edge, but I still think this bind-off is worthwhile learning. It’s important to know how to add yarnovers wherever you want into your bind off to make it wider -— useful for when you’re winging it.



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