Jeny Staiman invented this bind off method as a cure to the problem of the too-tight edging. This matters most for edges that will need to last through a lot of wear and stay elastic, such as the cuff of toe-up socks and the sleeves and hems of top-down sweaters. It takes more yarn than a traditional bind off, so be sure to allow for that. This method is a bit more time-consuming than a traditional bind off, but it’s not difficult and the results are well-worth the effort.

The tutorial below shows a plain Stockinette stitch swatch being bound off. It’s likely that you’ll use this bind off for a ribbed edge, but it works brilliantly regardless of the stitch pattern.


Prep a Knit Stitch:

Wrap working yarn around right needle the opposite way from a traditional yarn over.


Knit 1 stitch.

Yarn over plus one stitch on the righthand needle.


Just like in a traditional bind off, insert left needle into yarn over (2nd stitch on righthand needle) and pass it over the first stitch.


Repeat prep once more - reverse yarn over, knit 1, pass yo over knit stitch.

2 stitches on righthand needle.


Bind Off:

Pass second stitch over first stitch.

Repeat prep and bind off for all knit wise stitches.


Prep a Purl Stitch:

Yarn over in the traditional way.


Purl 1 stitch. Pass yo over purled stitch.


Bind Off

Pass second stitch over first stitch.

Repeat prep and bind off for all purl wise stitches.

Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off in 1x1 Ribbed Stitch Pattern:

To work a 1x1 ribbed (knit 1, purl 1) bind off, prep a knit stitch (reverse yo, K1, pass yo over knit stitch), then prep a purl stitch (yo, P1, pass yo over purl stitch), then pass the second stitch on the needle over the first one. Repeat to end.

Patterns that use this technique:



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