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Video: ZigZag (Ancient Greek) Bind-Off

Characteristics: stretchy

This is a very stretchy seaming bind-off that leaves a visible zigzag-shaped ridge.

It does have a distinctive zigzag look to it that is similar to Russian grafting, only this one has a pronounced ridge and the bind-off is very stretchy. It also stretches back into place nicely.

You'll need an extra needle for this bind-off.


Use a third needle in your R hand, the same size as or 1 size smaller than the other two.

  1. P1 on back needle.
  2. K1 on front needle.
  3. BO 1.
  4. P1 on back needle.
  5. BO 1.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 to last st.
  7. K1 on front needle.
  8. BO 1.
  9. Cut yarn and pull through last st. Stretchy!

Zigzag Bind-Off - Step-by-Step Photo Instructions

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More Information

The interesting thing about this bind-off is that it has an ancient origin. In her book, Cast On, Bind Off, Cap Sease writes that this bind-off was discovered on the heel of an ancient Greek sock! That makes this a very old bind-off indeed.

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