How to Bind off Items Knitted in the Round
Knitting in the round is very convenient, because you are generally using all knit stitches, eliminating purl stitches, which take some people longer. Even more importantly, you eliminate some of the need to sew seams, which is also time-consuming. So, learning how to bind-off your circular knit piece is an essential skill. Binding off with circular knitting is about the same as knitting bind-offs in straight knitting. Binding off is also called “casting-off” and is no more difficult than binding-off with straight knitting; but once again knitting in the round eliminates those seams, meaning quicker-knitting!
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You’ll Need:
- Completed knitting in-the round, still on the needles…”live stitches”
- Enough yarn to bind-off, about three times the length of the piece you will be binding off.
There are quite a few types of bind-off techniques that can be applied here- but we’re just going to use the normal, most commonly used cast off, or bind-off (try the resources at the bottom of the page for some books and links to find other types of binding-off). Starting at the first stitch in the round, you knit the first stitch.
Knit the second stitch and drop the first stitch over the second with the left needle. Now knit the next stitch, and drop the previous stitch over it.
Repeat this until you get to the last stitch. To have a nice, neat looking finish, before you pull the yarn end through the last loop, hook it under the first stitch in the round- this connects them, and now pull the yarn through the last loop. You don’t have to do this, but it does look better. Now all you have to do is weave in the ends and you are finished. Viola! You will never want to go back to straight knitting again!!
Tips & Warnings
- Look online at different bind-off techniques, because they’re so many- each serves a particular purpose – for instance, if you need a more stretchy bind-off. .
- This is just a general bind-off technique-probably the most commonly used.