Video: Jeny’s Surprisingly-Stretchy Bind-Off (JSSBO) for 1×1 Rib
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).
- 1st st is a K st: Backwards YO.
- BO 1.
- Next st is a P: YO.
- BO 1 twice.
- Next st is a K: Backwards YO
- BO 1 twice.
- Rep. steps 4-9
- Cut tail and pull through last loop
JSSBO for 1x1 Rib - Step-by-Step Photo Instructions
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Lots of patterns suggest that you use this bind-off, and I agree. I would consider this bind-off “required reading” for intermediate-level knitters.
JSSBO would work well for the ribbing at the bottom of a top-down sweater or at the brim of a top-down hat — anywhere you want the bind-off to not look stretched-out.
This bind-off is also a great choice for binding off lace projects.
This bind-off was invented by Jeny Staiman and published in Knitty in Fall 2009.