We’ve all bound off in rib stitch only to find that the edge is not nearly as stretchy as the ribbing itself. The Ribbed Sewn Bind Off is a great way to finish off a 1×1 rib while maintaining its elasticity.
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. The result is super tidy and so nice and stretchy, you’ll want to finish off all your ribbed socks, necklines, and top-down sleeves with a Ribbed Sewn Bind Off!
Prefer to read all about it? Here you go!
Cut the working yarn to 4 times the length of the edge you are binding off. Thread the tail into a tapestry needle.
NOTE: All of the stitches referred to in these instructions are on the left knitting needle.
Set-Up Step 1: Insert tapestry needle into first stitch purlwise and leave stitch on knitting needle.
Set-Up Step 2: Bring tapestry needle to back of work and insert it between first and second stitches from back to front, then insert tapestry needle knitwise into second stitch and pull yarn through to back.
Now repeat the following four steps…
**Step 1: Insert tapestry needle knitwise into first stitch and take stitch off knitting needle.
Step 2: Insert tapestry needle purlwise into second stitch.
Step 3: Insert tapestry needle purlwise into first stitch and take stitch off knitting needle.
Step 4: Insert tapestry needle from back to front between first and second stitches, then insert tapestry needle knitwise into second stitch and pull yarn through to back.**
Repeat from ** to ** until 2 stitches remain.
Next Step: Repeat Step 1, then repeat Step 3. Done!