The 3-Needle Bind Off is a great finishing technique for joining two pieces of knitting that are still on the needles. It is also a great time saver because you bind off and seam all at once!

Note that a 3-Needle Bind Off and the Kitchener Stitch are somewhat interchangeable. The advantage of a 3-Needle Bind Off is that it’s easier to do and that, because it creates an actual seam, it offers some structural integrity. The Kitchener Stitch is a bit trickier to work, but it creates a smooth and seamless finish. Same but different!

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To end up with the seam on the wrong side of your knitting, arrange the two pieces with their the wrong sides facing out. Hold the needles parallel and slip a third (working) needle into the first stitch on each of the two needles.

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Wrap yarn around working needle as if to knit, and knit the two stitches together. Allow the first stitch from each of the parallel needles to fall from the needles.

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*Knit together the new first stitch on both parallel needles in the same way as above.

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There will be two stitches on the working needle.

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Using one of the two parallel needles, pass the first stitch on the working needle over the second stitch and off the needle, as you normally would when binding off.

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Repeat from * until only one stitch remains on the working needle.

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Break yarn and pull the tail through the last stitch to fasten off.

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