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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Learn to Knit -- Simple Bind Off Video Tutorial

Time for another tutorial -- this one is a video showing the most common method for binding off or casting off in knitting. This is the process which secures the last row of stitches as they come off the needle. This Simple Bind Off technique I am going to show you is done in the knit stitch, but binding off can also be done in purl or in a rib pattern that has been established, or two pieces can be bound off at the same time so that they are joined together in the process. There are many ways of binding off and I will demonstrate some of them later, but this one, as I said, is the most common, and it really is quite simple. See for yourself. Here's the video.

Just a note to keep in mind while you are watching the video...I don't really knit that fast! I wanted you to see the binding off of the whole row so I made the middle section play in double time just so the video wouldn't take quite so long! The beginning and ending of the row when you can hear me talking are at normal speed.

One thing I neglected to mention in the video is that you need to make sure you don't pull your yarn tight after each bind off. You need to keep the bound off stitches loose so that the edge doesn't get drawn up from too much tension. Sometimes this takes practice, but if you just leave the yarn as it is when it comes off the needle instead of pulling on it, your edge should be fine.

With this video and the stitches I have shown you in the different videos listed in my video library, you have all the information you need to make a good start with your new knitting hobby. I hope you find as much joy in creating clothing and accessories for yourself and others as I have.

Happy Stitching!

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