Sewn Bind-off | knitting

Today I’m going to show you how to do a sewn bind-off.  You can see I’ve already started binding off this shawl with a sewn bind-off, which was the bind-off that was specifically recommended by the author of this pattern.  The reason this bind off is recommended here, is because it looks very good with garter stitch and it creates an elastic border which allows these ruffles to develop in the border from the lace pattern.  This is a very simple technique but it does require a lot more time than any knitted bind-off I’ve ever done.  First, take your working yarn and cut it to a length that is at least 3 to 4 times the width of the edge you’re going to bind off.  Next step is to thread that yarn onto a tapestry needle.  Then, to start the bind off, take the tapestry needle and run it through the first 2 stitches on the needle purl-wise and pull the thread all the way through.  The next step, is to take the tapestry needle and thread it through the first stitch on the needle knit-wise and then pull the yarn all the way through.  The third and final step, is to take the first stitch off the needle.  Then repeat these 3 steps until all stitches are bound-off.

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