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Standard Bind-Off

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Video: Standard Bind-Off

Characteristics: has matching cast-on, recommended
Difficulty: Beginner

This is a beginner bind-off that is the basis for most of the bind-offs in this dictionary.

This bind-off is moderately stretchy. It is good for Stockinette stitch fabric and you would it use when you’re just learning how to bind-off or any time you want a basic, no-fuss edge.

Abbreviation: BO


  1. K1.
  2. K1.
  3. Insert L needle tip into 2nd st on R needle.
  4. BO 1 (pass 2st st over 1st st and off needle).
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 across.
  6. Cut yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail for weaving in later.
  7. Grab tail through rem loop, pull tail through and tighten.

Standard Bind-Off - Step-by-Step Photo Instructions

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Even if you're an immediate knitter, I suggest that you review the tips and the video for this bind-off, because you’ll learn the correct technique that you'll need to apply to the other, more complex bind-offs.

This bind-off will roll if you use it on Stockinette stitch unless you block it.

This bind-off also has three variations.

  1. Front Variation (Default): The chain of stitches appears along the front. To do it, knit every stitch.
  2. Top Variation: The chain of stitches appears along the top, and is reversible. To do it, alternate between knitting and purling your stitches as you bind off.
  3. Back Variation: The chain of stitches appears along the back. To do it, purl every stitch OR turn your work around and do the Front Variation on the WS of the work.

I would consider all three variations of this bind-off “required reading” for beginning knitters.

Practice getting this bind-off smooth and even, especially the part where you lift one stitch over the other and off the needle. If that’s hard for you to get right, practice it on a long swatch until the movement is smooth and even and the stitches are not too tight or too loose.

In this technique you will learn an abbreviation which will be used throughout the course:

  • BO 1 means "bind-off 1" -- pass the second stitch on the right-hand needle over the second stitch and off the right-hand needle.

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