Today I’ll continue my little knitting series that I started several weeks ago. I still consider myself a beginner and have lots more to learn, but feel like I at least have the basics now. Hopefully if you’ve been following along, you haven’t felt like it’s the blind leading the blind! So far we’ve covered casting on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, and today I’ll show you how to bind off, or cast off, the last row.
I did just a couple of rows as an example–you’re probably sick of seeing my teal blue yarn! So, if you have a piece you’re ready to finish, here’s how to go about it:
Knit two stitches onto your right needle. If you’ve been purling, the method is pretty much the same, just purl the stitches instead.
Slide the tip of the left needle under the bottom stitch on the right one, lifting it over the top stitch and off the needle.
You will now have one stitch on the right needle. Knit another stitch onto the right needle. Again, as before, slip the bottom stitch up and over the top one, sliding it off the right needle completely. Repeat over and over until you reach the end.
As (hopefully) you can see in my picture, this produces a nice finished edge to your piece.