Stretchy Bind Off

Stretchy Bind Off - Easy Knitting Tutorial

Why Use A Stretchy Bind-off

One of the peculiarities of knitting is that a good portion of the time knitters find that their bind-off is much tighter than their cast-on and a good match usually requires a larger needle.  But sometimes a larger needle still isn't quite enough and doesn't produce quite enough stretch.

Think about the tops of socks and maybe arm warmers. Typically those accessories are constructed in a tube shape, whereas arms and calves widen which means adding that  elasticity ensures a better fitting and attractive project.  

The bind-off I'm showing you is called Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off. Developed by Jeny Staiman, it is one of the best and easiest bind-offs for those edges where you absolutely need stretch.  I also like it because it doesn't take long to learn and works equally well with rib or stockinette. Here's a video of it from Cat Bordhi.

Stretchy Bind Off

How to Do a Stretchy Bind Off

For this tutorial, I'm going to be binding-off a k2, p2 rib.

The 1st Set Of Knit Stitches

1. * Knit the 1st stitch (only do this for the 1st stitch)
2.  Reverse yarn over  (see image below)

Reverse Yarn Over Knitting

3.  Knit the next stitch
4.  Pass the 1st stitch and yarnover over the 2nd stitch

* You'll only do the knit 1 the first time around. All upcoming k2 sections follow steps 2 thru 4 only.

The Purl Stitches

1.  Move yarn forward as you do when changing to a purl stitch
2.  Standard yarnover (look below to see the yarnover before a purl stitch)

Yarn Over Before Purl Stitch

3.  Purl the stitch
4.  Pass the 1st stitch and yarnover over the 2nd stitch
5.  Repeat steps 2 thru 4 for the next purl stitch

Move yarn back for the next set of knit stitches and repeat the knit stitch process as shown above.

That's all there is to it!

Want to give this knitting technique a try? Try the Zauberribs Arm Warmers Free Knitting Pattern

Happy Knitting,
Donna, The Knitting Doctor

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.