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JENY'S SURPRISINGLY STRETCHY BIND OFF

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.

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Prep a Knit Stitch:

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

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Knit 1 stitch.

Yarn over plus one stitch on the righthand needle.

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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.

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

2 stitches on righthand needle.

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Bind Off:

Pass second stitch over first stitch.

Repeat prep and bind off for all knit wise stitches.

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Prep a Purl Stitch:

Yarn over in the traditional way.

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Purl 1 stitch. Pass yo over purled stitch.

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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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