Stitch: Bind Off/Seaming/Grafting


Since knitting is characterized by working a series of live stitches on a needle, a method is required at the completion of the project for stabilizing the stitches so the needle can be removed. This is called binding off and basically entails stringing a yarn through the live stitches to replace the role of the needle and it can occur either while knitting or with a tapestry needle in what is called a sewn bind off. Oftentimes, an additional knitted  row is worked at the time of the bind off to maintain a degree of stretchiness on the  bound off edge. Other considerations include selecting a bind-off technique that pairs well with the edging otherwise on the piece (e.g., whichever bind-off you use, you can do it “in pattern” such as K1, P1 on a ribbing, in seed stitch, etc.),  and/or selecting a bind off method that will mirror the appearance of the cast on edge (e.g., the sewn bind-off mirrors backwards loop cast on).


Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Sewn Bind Off (this is a great choice if you want a loose bind off or a bind off that closely mirrors the appearance of a long-tail cast on)

Grafting Stitch: Both on the needles (Kitchener) and off the needles

3-Needle Bind Off

Bind off techniques recommended in my designs (if not listed, your choice):