Video: Japanese Bind-Off
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This is a medium-speed seaming bind-off that leaves a visible ridged seam. It uses three needles.
The stretchiness of this bind-off depends upon which technique you use to finish it.
There are two pieces to this bind-off: Join the two pieces of knitting into one, and binding off those stitches. If you use a stretchy bind-off to do the second part, the whole bind-off will be stretchy and if you don't, it won’t.
Use a third needle in your R hand, the same size as or 1 size smaller than the other two.
- Go knitwise through 1st st on front needle.
- Grab front loop of 1st st on back needle purlwise, slip st onto needle.
- Pull back st through front st. Remove st from front needle.
- Repeat steps 1-3 across.
- Turn work. Working yarn will be on the end opposite the needle tips.
- With an extra needle, sl 1. Continue to slip all sts in row.
- Turn work. Working yarn is now at the front.
- BO sts using the Elastic Bind-Off or any bind-off you prefer, depending on how stretchy you need your seam to be.
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While working with three needles can be challenging, the Japanese Bind-Off is the easiest of the three-needle bind-offs and a good place for you to start.