In knitting, binding off, or casting off, is a family of techniques for ending a column (a wale) of stitches. Binding off is typically used to define the final (usually upper, taking the cast on edge as the lower) edge of a knitted fabric, although it may also be used in other contexts, e.g., in making button holes.
Is bind off the same as cast off?
In the US we generally say “bind off” to refer to finishing the edge of a knitting project, while in the UK, they generally say “cast off”. Whichever term your pattern uses, the technique is exactly the same!
How do you bind off a knitting project?
First, set up your bind off by knitting the first two stitches on your knitting needle. Next, insert your left needle into the first stitch you knit on your right needle. This will be the stitch in the back. Now, lift the first stitch over the second stitch and drop it off the needle.
Does bind off count as a row?
This is accomplished by what’s known as binding off or casting off. It is a simple and quick method for making a finished edge. When you complete the last row of your pattern you will begin to bind off just as if you were continuing the pattern.
What does Fasten off mean in knitting?
Bind Off (Knit)
With the left knitting needle, lift the first stitch over the second stitch and off the right knitting needle. Knit the next stitch and repeat. When one stitch remains on the right knitting needle, cut the yarn and draw the tail through the last stitch to fasten off. Learn Knit.
Can you bind off on a purl row?
To make the Purl Bind Off:
Lift up the st, bring it over the top of the other stitch, and slip it off over the tip of the working needle. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the rest of the row. To finish: When one st remains, pull a loop through the last stitch.
How much yarn do I need for Bind off?
My rule of thumb is to leave 3 times the amount of yarn needed for a row for a regular bind off. JSSBO, I’ll go 4 times or more. So if you used 3.5 yards for a pair of rows, you will need 1.75 yards (half) times 3 or 5.25 yards or 7 yards if you need 4 times.
What does it mean to Bind off in pattern?
Binding off in pattern is a technique that’s often used when you’re binding off rib stitch. Unlike a regular bind off, where you knit all the stitches on the bind off row, binding off in pattern requires that you knit the bind off row as if you were working the next row of your stitch pattern.
Do you always Bind off in pattern?
Always, always, always bind off loosely. This includes the stitches that you are knitting or purling during the process as well as when you pass a stitch over and off. Don’t tug, pull, or yank the yarn as you work each stitch.
Do you bind off on right or wrong side?
Usually, you bind off on the right side of the work but you can also bind off on the wrong side if needed. Unless otherwise specified in your pattern, you would work purl stitches on your bind off so that the right side of your work shows a knitted bind off pattern.