We’ve all bound off in rib stitch only to find that the edge is not nearly as stretchy as the ribbing itself. Our Ribbed Sewn Bind Off Tutorial shows you a great way to finish off a 1×1 rib while maintaining its elasticity.

Overview

For this technique you’ll thread the bind-off tail onto a tapestry needle and pass it through the remaining live stitches in four easy-to-remember, repeating steps. A bit like sewing (hence, Ribbed Sewn Bind Off!), the result is super tidy and so nice and stretchy, you’ll want to finish off all your ribbed socks, neckbands, and top-down sleeves with a Ribbed Sewn Bind Off!

Ribbed Sewn Bind Off: Video Tutorial

Ribbed Sewn Bind Off: Step-By-Step Tutorial

Prefer to read our Ribbed Sewn Bind Off Tutorial? Here you go!

Cut the working yarn 4 times longer than edge you are binding off. Thread tail into a tapestry needle.

Set-Up 1: Insert tapestry needle into first stitch purlwise and leave stitch on needle.

Set-Up 2: Bring tapestry needle between first and second stitches from back to front, then insert tapestry needle knitwise into second stitch and pull yarn through to back.

Step 1: Insert tapestry needle knitwise into first stitch and remove stitch from knitting needle.

Step 2: Insert tapestry needle purlwise into second stitch.

Step 3: Insert tapestry needle purlwise into first stitch and remove stitch from knitting needle.

Step 4: Bring tapestry needle between first and second stitches from back to front, then insert tapestry needle knitwise into second stitch and pull yarn through to back.

Repeat Steps 1-4 until 2 stitches remain.

Next Step: Repeat Step 1, then repeat Step 3. Done!

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