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Learn to Knit: Elastic Bind-Off

27th March 2018 bind-off 5 min read
Learn to Knit: How to Work An Elastic Bind-Off | Elastic Cast-Off

Learn to Knit: Elastic Bind-Off Tutorial

When you finish your knitting the type of bind-off (cast-off) you use can make a huge difference. This is particularly the case if you're doing a stretchy lace shawl or a top down sweater.

If your bind-off is too tight you can't stretch your knitting out fully and it just doesn't look right. I usually use the elastic bind-off for edging that needs to stretch

The elastic bind off adds an extra stitch to the standard bind off, you work 2 stitches then knit them together through the back loops. This extra step allows the edge to stretch a bit more.

 Step 1:

You start off by knitting 2 stitches.

Step 2:

Next you will slip the 2 stitches back to the left needle and knit together them through the back loops.

Alternative Step 2:

To speed up step 2 you can leave the 2 stitches on the right needle and then insert the left needle into the front of the stitches to knit them together.

Step 3:

Now you will knit one more stitch and repeat step 2 again.

Just keep working like this until you have bound off all the stitches that need to be bound off.


If you see Elastic Bind-Off written in a pattern the directions will look something like this:

K1, *k1, slip 2 stitches back to left needle, k2tog through back loops; repeat from * to end. Fasten off.

And that's it. I hope you have fun with your new stretchy bind-off. 

If you'd like to learn more, why not try How To Bind Off / Cast Off.


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Carol Feller

Carol trained as a structural engineer, and she brings that love of analysing structure into her knitting, creating complex patterns that are easy to understand, while her approach to process is all about testing and playing, and making mistakes along the way. That’s where the joy lies!

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