|Gone Loopy Scarf with decorative bound-off edging.|
|2 loops created.|
|Several loops together complete the decorative knitted edge.|
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How to Knit a Decorative Bind-Off Edge
This kind of edging requires that you bind off several stitches in order for them to become part of a design. This method is fun and quite addictive once you get the hang of it, and it can add dimension to the simplest of designs. However, working multiple bound-off stitches can sometimes be confusing, especially to novice knitters. My knitting tutorial below will shed some light on this uncomplicated, yet often misunderstood, technique.
The following knitting tutorial explains how to work a few simple bound-off loops, which were created for my easy knitting pattern: Gone Loopy Scarflette, avaialble on Annie’s Attic. Sometimes, a written knitting pattern can make an easy technique sound complicated, and being the visual people that we knitters are, this step-by-step process will provide you with the “ah moment” you’ve been looking for.
Here’s how to work the bind-off edging:
After you’ve cast-on the required number of sts as stated in the pattern, knit 1 row.
Knit 2 sts, *bind off 7, leaving the last st on the right-hand needle.
When you’re finished, the stitches on your needle should look like the photo below.
You’ll notice that the first 2 stitches are not part of the 7 bound-off stitches, and that you’re left with the last bound-off stitch on the right-hand needle.
Continue to repeat from * across the row, ending up with clusters of loops that resemble the photo below.