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Learn the Basic Binding Off or Casting Off Method to End Your Knitting Projects
Hello fellow knitters! Today’s tutorial is part of my beginner knitting series. If you’ve followed along then you should be familiar with the knitting basics and now be comfortable with how to make a slip knot, how to cast on, how to knit the knit stitch, and how to knit the purl stitch.
Now it’s time to learn how to bind off, also called casting off. Binding off is the process of securing the last row of stitches to create an edge that will not unravel. This is also known as finishing the edge. There are many ways to bind off and each method produces a different edge on your knitting project.
When I was a knitting beginner, my first project sat, finished, but untouched for weeks before I learned how to bind off. This is because binding off sounded complicated to me. I am not ashamed to admit that knitting was and sometimes still is difficult for me. Knitting doesn’t come as naturally to me as crochet or sewing does.
Despite this, I love it and continue to work hard to improve my knitting skills. Thus, in the beginning, learning to bind off my knitting projects was intimidating. If you find yourself in a similar situation, don’t worry!
I am going to guide you through the Basic or Standard Binding Off method, the most common binding off technique, because it is the one that most knitting beginners learn first. And believe it or not, this binding off method turned out to be super easy! If I can master it, so can you. 🙂