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 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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