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

1

Step 1

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

Before a Knit Stitch

1

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.

3

Repeat

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

Before a Purl Stitch

1

Step 1

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

3

Repeat

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

Comments

Cocoknits

Hi Sharon, you can find purl directions on page 128-9 of the book and in the above written directions. Please follow step 1 of the “Set-Up” then follow the remaining steps in the section that says “Before a Purl Stitch”


Cocoknits

Hi Liz,

Unfortunately, stockinette just rolls. You can see it in the Emma photos on our site and in the book, we like it and are fine if it rolls a bit. When we block, we try to reign it in a little; some yarns roll more than others, like cotton is worse than wool. If you don’t like the rolled edge, you should probably do a few rows of Garter st or a rib (like in our Tilda or Molly patterns).


Liz

Hi there, just finishing up Emma, and I did the stretchy bind off purl wise. I get a lot of curling at the hem. Should I do a purl row before the bind off? Thanks!


Sharon

I’m ready to bind-off but I am not sure what you mean BO purlwise using Jeny’s BO. Your instructions say to knit the next stitch and does not mention anything about purlwise. Please clarify. Thank you.


Cocoknits

Hi Diana, this BO takes up a lot of yarn. We recommend saving 6 times the width to be safe.


Diana

Hi Julie. I’m trying to use up all my yarn. How much do I need to leave to do Jeny’s BO?


Cocoknits

Hi Lora, You will k1, p1 15 times, k1f&b. Then continue to k1, p1 until the last two sts, k2. If you need more detailed pattern assistance please reach out to us at knit@cocoknits.com Hope that helps!


Lora

Emma version c,ribbon on bottom of sweater,do I increase (k1f&b)every 15(k1p1)?


Cocoknits

Hi MIchelle, thanks for the feedback. This bind off was designed specifically for the smaller needle and we don’t recommend using the called for needle that you used for the rest of the knit which is why we haven’t photographed it. Hope that helps!


MIchelle

It would be really helpful if you could show a pic comparing finished edges worked with a smaller needle vs the called for needle.


KimberlyRae

Thank you so much for rhis easy to understand tutorial.


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