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This is a fantastic stretchy bind-off that even many advanced knitters have not heard of.
It's one of the three stretchiest standard bind-offs (the other two being the Elastic Bind-Off and EZ Sewn Bind-Off).
It's also amazing for Garter stitch.
- With R needle, reach through 1st st purlwise.
- Catch front loop of 2nd st.
- Draw 2nd st through 1st st.
- Wrap your yarn to knit. Pull yarn through.
- Complete the K stitch.
- Move st back to L needle.
- Repeat steps 1-6 across row.
- Cut yarn and pull through last st.
One thing to help you do this bind-off faster is to get into a rhythm. Don't be afraid to stretch the stitches as you do them so that you can get into a rhythm and make sure that the bind-off comes out nice and even. If your tension varies a lot you'll notice the bind-off won't look as nice.
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This is my #1 recommended bind-off for binding off on garter stitch.
See how this bind-off compares to other good bind-offs for Garter stitch in Bind-Offs for Garter Stitch.
Be warned that this edge will roll if you do it on Stockinette stitch, so just make sure that that's a feature that you want on your knitting.