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Latvian Bind-Off

Video: Latvian Bind-Off

Characteristics: sewn, stretchy
Difficulty: Intermediate

This is an intermediate sewn bind-off that is the stretchiest of all the sewn bind-offs.

Not only is it very stretchy, it also springs back into place nicely.


  1. Cut yarn, leaving 3x the width of the sts to be bound off. No extra tail needed.
  2. With the tail threaded onto a tapestry needle, go purlwise into the 1st st.
  3. Pull yarn tight.
  4. Push st off needle.
  5. Go knitwise into the 2nd st.
  6. Pull yarn through.
  7. Repeat steps 2-6 to last st.
  8. Go knitwise into last st.
  9. Pull yarn through.


  1. For this bind-off, unlike other sewn bind-offs, when you cut your tail, you don’t need to leave an extra 6 inches for weaving in. You just need to cut three times the width of your stitches to be bound off.
  2. Pull the yarn tighter after each stitch than you would for other sewn bind-offs because this bind-off is very stretchy and can tend to be loose.

Latvian Bind-Off - Step-by-Step Photo Instructions

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More Information

This bind-off looks similar to the Long-Tail Cast-On when viewed from the right side, and the Old Norwegian Cast-On when viewed from the wrong side.

I chose to include this bind-off because it is really pretty as well as being very stretchy.

Most of the ribbed bind-offs are kind of utilitarian so I wanted to give you a more decorative option.

In fact, this bind-off is also gorgeous on Garter stitch.

The Latvian bind-off is the least sturdy of all the stretchy bind-offs. Don’t expect this bind-off to hold up the cuff of your sock -- if you decide to use it to bind-off toe-up socks, make sure you do enough rows of ribbing so that the ribbing does that job.

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