Knitting: How to Cast Off

Casting off knitting or binding off is the term used to take a knitting project off the needles to finish it. 

Here's how it's done in a few simple steps.

As shown in photos above:

Step 1:  Knit the first stitch as usual.

Step 2:  Knit the second stitch.

Step 3:  Insert the tip of the left hand needle (from left to right) into the first stitch that you just knit on this row.

Step 4:  Lift this stitch over the second stitch (this is the stitch closest to the right hand needle tip), and off the needle.

Step 5: Continue to knit a stitch and lift a stitch over and off the needle (as above). until only 1 loop remains. Your bound-off row will start to look like this (see photo above, center)

Step 6:  Cut yarn and draw through last loop. Bind off completed!

Knitting Tip:  Bind-off loosely! If your bind off is too tight, try going up a needle size or two.

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Donna Pelzar

Donna (aka the Knitting Doctor) is the face behind The New Street Knitter patterns. She teaches knitting instruction for all skill levels in her studio and loves to focus on techniques and interesting stitch patterns. She recently expanded into pattern design and we are thrilled to be able to offer her patterns at NobleKnits. Donna also hosts all of our Knit Alongs.