Video: In-Pattern Bind-Off for 1×1 Rib


Characteristics: firm, flat, reversible
Difficulty: Easy

This is a fast, easy bind-off that is minimally stretchy when used on ribbing.

It’s the same thing as the Standard Bind-Off “top” variation, done by alternating knit and purl stitches to make an edge that faces up.

I would consider it “required reading” for beginning knitters.

Abbreviation: BO in Pattern


Instructions

  1. Work 1st stitch as it is: if it’s a K stitch, knit it; if it’s a purl stitch, purl it. This is called "working even."
  2. Work next st even.
  3. BO 1.
  4. Repeat steps 2-3 across.
  5. Cut yarn and pull through last st.

In-Pattern Bind-Off for 1x1 Rib - Step-by-Step Photo Instructions

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More Information

This bind-off a particularly good choice to use on a project like a 1x1-ribbed scarf where you want the scarf to lay flat but you don’t really need it to stretch.

Also, if you want to seam a piece of ribbing to another piece of ribbing, this would be a good bind-off to use before you seam the pieces up. This bind-off, like many bind-offs in this section, is reversible.

That’s because when you bind-off doing 1x1 rib, the chain of bound-off stitches lays flat along the top of the work, making this bind-off essentially double-sided.

You can do this bind-off on any fabric to make the edge lay flat.

Used on Stockinette stitch, this bind-off has more relative stretch than it does on ribbing.

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