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. Give this a try in one of our Cocoknits patterns, which use this.

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 Deegie,
Thank you for your suggestion. We have a long list of videos that have been requested and we are working our way through them. Did you notice that in the still shots with the step-by-step written instructions that Julie is throwing the yarn? You may find that reading through and following her instructions (or listening to the video) will allow you to perform the actions as you throw. And since Julie didn’t originate this technique, you should be able to find other videos on YouTube to help you. Best of luck!


Deegie

I found this bind-off a number of years ago, but I’m sure you used both knitting techniques. It was/is a superior bind-off. Unfortunately, in the number of moves I’ve made over those years, the instructions are somewhere in a box and totally inaccessible.

As a knitter that “throws” the yarn from my right hand, it is very confusing to understand what you are doing while throwing from the left.

In future, could you please show both techniques?

I think there might be one or two others who would appreciate this also

Thank you so very much for your consideration.


gamesellru

It is simply magnificent idea


Cocoknits

Hi Maxi,
Julie recommends approximately half the size of the needle you are using, so try a size 1 and see if that gives you a stretchy bind-off without flaring. If it flares, try a size 0 or even smaller. Enjoy your sweater!


Maxi

Hi there! I am wondering about the gauge size of the needles used for this bind off technique. Usually I go 2-3 sizes up for binding off. This technique is asking for smaller needles, correct? I have the body of my sweater on US 3. Which size do you recommend I use for binding off this way? Thank you!


Gabrielle

Thank you so much for the pictures and written instructions for Jenny’s stretchy bind off. Easier for me to follow than a video. It worked well for the neck of a baby sweater.


Cocoknits

Hi Sandy, Yes, if Julie’s pattern tells you to bind off purlwise, that is what you do. On the Franca sweater for example, she has you do this on the stockinette fabric as you mention in your question. If you have specific questions about a pattern, please email us at knit@cocoknits.com. Enjoy your project!


Sandy Myers

At bottom of sleeves using Magic Loop so ending with Knit sts But patterns says to bind off Purlwise?
PURLWISE on the Knit sts.?


Pamela

Thank you for posting these samples. They are very flexible bind offs and very easy.


Mary E

So happy I found this method. It is perfect for my socks. Process is much easier than sew off method. Thank you.


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