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