Video: Without-Knitting Bind-Off

This is an intermediate bind-off that is like the Standard Bind-Off but that does not use any yarn. It pulls in slightly and is not stretchy.


  1. Finish a RS row. Turn.
  2. Sl 1.
  3. Slip all sts in row. Turn.
  4. To bind off, sl 1.
  5. Sl 1.
  6. BO 1.
  7. Repeat steps 5-6 across.
  8. Cut yarn and pull through last st.

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The reason that this is an intermediate bind-off is because it's a little hard to manage the stitches on your needle and control them when you’re not using any yarn -- it’s a bit trickier than you would think.

The lesson you can learn from this bind-off is that even when you run out of yarn, you can still bind off.

However, your edge will have the characteristics you see here, so if you don’t want that, it may be better to undo a row or two of knitting until you have enough working yarn to do a regular bind-off.

Since you won’t be using the working yarn for this bind-off, it’s best to leave it at the other end of the needle. That way it will be there for you to pull through the last stitch.

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