How to Bias Bind-off Smoothly

This simple trick will greatly improve the finished look of your knitted projects. Use bias bind-off whenever you have bind-offs over multiple rows e.g., necklines and shoulder shaping.

Look at the stair-step effect of a regular bind-off in the first photo, compared to the bias bind-off in the second photo.

Directions

1

Step 1

Your first row of binding off is normal. From then on, slip the last unworked st p-wise in the row before your next bind-off.

2

Step 2

Turn your work and begin to bind off as follows: slip the first TWO sts p-wise (2 sts on rt needle).

3

For Example

If you are working stockinette stitch and you have these directions in front of you: BO 5 sts at beg of next 3 RS rows (beginning with a RS row). It will look like this:Pull the first st over the second st and off the rt needle (the standard bind-off technique). That’s your first bind-off. Now continue binding off normally (k or p a st, then pull the 1st st on rt needle over 2nd and off needle) counting that first slipped st bind off as your first bound off st.

A

Bind off 5 sts normally, knit across remaining sts.

B

Purl across to last st and slip it unworked. Turn work.

C

Slip the first two sts, pull the first st over the second st (one st bound off). Now bind off an additional 4 sts normally and k remaining sts.

D

Purl to last st and slip it unworked. Turn work.

E

Slip 2 sts, pull first st over second (one st bound off). Now bind off an additional 4 sts normally and k remaining sts.

F

Purl.

Comments

Cocoknits

Hi Cindy, there are so many great videos for us to make, but they are very time-consuming so we have to pick and choose. That being said, we’re adding this to the list of possibilities :)


Cindy Mar

It would help me to be shown a video rather than just an explanation. I guess I’m a visual learner.


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