5 December 2014

How to: 3 needle bind off

How to: 3-needle bind off

3-needle bind off is an excellent way of joining two pieces of knitting on the horizontal line. You can use it in seamless garments to join shoulders, Thirlwall Hat uses it to join the crown and there are plenty of other places you could use it too.



Basically, where ever there are live stitches that need to be bound off and seamed together – 3needle bind off is great for that – all you need is:
  •  to make sure you've the same number of stitches on both pieces of knitting, and
  • a spare needle
How to: 3-needle bind off, step 1


  1. Hold the pieces to be joined with right sides together. 
  2. Insert the 3rd (working) needle knitwise into the first stitch on both needles and knit them together.
  3. Insert the 3rd (working) needle knitwise into the following stitch on both needles and knit them together again. Now you've got two stitches on the working needle.
  4. Using the tip of one of the left needles slip the first stitch on your working needle over the second stitch to bind off.
How to: 3-needle bind off, step 2

 5.  Continue repeating steps 3 and 4 until all the stitches have been worked. You've now one stitch left on your working needle.
 6.  Cut yarn leaving a long tail, insert the tip of the needle into this last stitch and pull until the tail comes out. You're done!

Here's what the finished result looks like on the right and the wrong sides of knitting.
How to: 3-needle bind off
3-needle bind off on the right side of knitting
How to: 3-needle bind off
3-needle bind off on the wrong side of knitting

1 comment :

  1. Thanks for the tutorial; I'm always looking for news ways to cast on or bind off as those are the two things that I have the hardest time doing with good results.

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