A fairly easy and very stretchy bind-off that is great for 1×1 rib. You will not be disappointed with its stretch or sturdiness. Leaves a visible edge.

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

Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off
Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off

Characteristics: great for binding off lace, great for toe-up socks, recommended, stretchy
Difficulty: Intermediate

Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off (JSSBO) on 1x1 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).


  1. 1st st is a K st: Backwards YO.
  2. K1.
  3. BO 1.
  4. Next st is a P: YO.
  5. P1.
  6. BO 1 twice.
  7. Next st is a K: Backwards YO
  8. K1.
  9. BO 1 twice.
  10. Rep. steps 4-9
  11. 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.

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