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Tutorial: Elastic Bind-Off

Tin Whistler's Mitts by Rita Knudson, winter 2013 issue of Creative Knitting.

Sometimes you just need a stretchy bind off so that your neckline isn't too tight or so that your Tin Whistler's Mitts fit over your hands. Today, I have the perfect bind-off method that is quickly going to become your go-to technique!

Step 1: Work two stitches as normal (see step 1 in the image).

Step 2: Slip each stitch back to the left-hand needle as if to purl.

Step 3: This isn't really a step, but I wanted you to see that the two stitches are now slipped over and waiting for Step 4. Those two stitches are sitting together waiting to be worked.

Step 4: Knit the two slipped stitches together through the back loop.

Step 5: Work one more stitch as normal (again, it is knit in the image).

Step 6: You now have two stitches again on the right-hand needle. From this point, repeat Steps 2 through 6 until all of your stitches have been worked. When you have one last stitch remaining on the right-hand needle (after having just worked Step 4), cut the yarn and pull through the stitch to fasten off.

Your results will be super stretchy with a lovely, clean edge. It is perfect for cuffs, necklines, toe-up socks, top-down hats and mitts!

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