Why You Should Make This Bind Off Your New BFF

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People may still be miffed at how Lost ended, or unsure of what the final scene of Mad Men really meant, but finishing up your knitting projects need not be so complicated. Just master this standard bind off technique and boom — you're done!

Oh and by the way, not all projects even need an official bind-off. With things like hats you've worked from the brim up, or mittens, gloves and shawls you worked from the bottom up, you simply sew closed the handful of stitches left at the top of the hat, tips of fingers, and so forth.

Standard knitted bind-off

The standard knitting bind-off produces a neat, even edge appropriate for all kinds of projects. It's not very flexible, however, which means it's not always a great choice for toe-up socks or sleeve cuffs.

Step 1: Knit the first stitch

Insert your needle through the first stitch on the work, with the right side facing you. Work this stitch as a regular knit stitch.

Step 2: Knit the second stitch

Next, knit the second stitch on the needle as normal.

Step 3: Pass the first stitch over the second stitch

Then, pull the first knitted stitch over the second one and drop the first stitch off the needle.

You have now bound off one stitch.

Step 4: Repeat as needed

Repeat Steps 2 and 3. That is, knit one stitch, then slip the previous stitch over the new stitch and off the needle. Repeat this until all stitches have been bound off.

Step 5: Fasten off your yarn

When there is just the final stitch remaining on the right hand needle, cut the working yarn and pull it through the final stitch, completing the edge.

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