How to Work Jeny's Stretchy Bind-off

For necklines and front/button bands, I use a standard bind-off in pattern, meaning, if I am working a 1 x 1 Ribbing, I bind off in the same rib with the working needle or one size larger (to avoid making the rib too tight). But I have found I want a stretchier bind-off for the bottom edges of sweaters and sleeves. For these I use Jeny’s Stretchy Bind-Off but with a needle approximately half the size of my working needle. This gives me the stretch and memory I like but with a neater-looking edge.

Set-up

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Step 1

Knit or purl the first stitch as called for. Then work as follows:

Before a Knit Stitch

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Step 1

Yarn over backward (bring yarn from back to front over right needle), then knit 1.

2

Step 2

On your right needle, pull stitches 2 and 3 over stitch 1; one stitch bound off, one stitch on right needle.

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Repeat

Repeats Steps 1 and 2 as established until all stitches are bound off.

Before a Purl Stitch

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Step 1

Yarn over normally (bring yarn from front to back over right needle, then to front again), then purl 1.

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Step 2

On your right needle, pull stitches 2 and 3 over stitch 1; one stitch bound off, one stitch on right needle.

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Repeat

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 as established until all stitches are bound off.

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