KNIT 101 / BINDING OFF

01/24/2014

Hello again, and welcome to our third installment of Knit 101, where we’ll learn how to take our scarf off the needles. First of all, I want to say that I have really loved the Instagram photos and emails you’ve been sending me showing your scarves in progress, like this one here. I am so impressed with your work! Please, keep them coming! Also, I want to make sure you know I am available if you have any snags or hangups…you can email me using the contact form on my website and I will be more than happy to help you out.

Now, on with the tutorial! First, you need to decide how long you want your scarf to be. If you have a ball of yarn with a lot of yardage and would like to knit a long, traditional scarf, go right ahead! If you would like to follow along with this project and make a shorter, “neck warmer” type scarf with a button closure, you will want to stop knitting when your scarf measures 20 inches long from the cast-on edge. Whichever length you decide, you will need to take your work off the needles, and that is called “binding off”. I’m going to show you the most basic bind-off technique. When you become a more advanced knitter, you will do this with your needles, but I find that in the beginning it’s easier to do it with your hands. So, when you get to your final row of stitches (congratulations!), you’re going to knit two stitches as if you’re starting a whole new row, but then stop. You will have two stitches on your right needle, and the other 18 remaining on your left needle.

Pick up the first stitch you knit, and pull it up and over the second stitch you knit, and off the needle.

You will now have one stitch bound off, and one stitch remaining on your right needle. Repeat this process all the way to the end of the row, knitting one stitch and passing the older stitch over it and off the needle…

…until just one stitch remains! Cut the yarn attached to the ball so you have about a 5 -inch “tail” hanging from that last stitch. Here is a video I really like for beginners showing a basic bind-off in action.

Remove your needle carefully from that stitch so it leaves a loop. Thread the tail through the loop and pull to tighten.

Now you have a finished, bound-off edge that won’t unravel! You will also have two unsightly tails of yarn: one at the beginning of your cast-on edge, and the one you just created. You just need to weave these into your scarf so they don’t show. There are lots of ways to weave in ends…you can use a tapestry needle with a big eye, or a crochet hook. But with extra bulky yarn like this, it’s also easy to just weave them in with your fingers.

Next week, we will attach a button to our scarf and it will be finished! Happy knitting!

To see last weeks lesson, click here.

Photos and Knit 101 by Rebekka Seale for Bleubird.

23 comments

  • becca waterloo

    I love how your scarf turned out. I’ll be sure to share with you what I’ve worked on so far, thanks for this series!

    http://oolretaw.com/blog

  • Leslie

    I’m still in the process of learning!
    Hope to be making a scarf soon!
    <3

    http://thehauterebel.blogspot.com

  • debbie hosaflook

    Rebekka,
    I cannot thank you enough for this amazing knitting series. As I have said before, I have tried numerous times, watching many different videos, reading and looking at books, to try and knit. And ALWAYS I have become frustrated and not able to figure out why I was having so much trouble. Finally, thanks to this series, I have been able to actually make something that I can be proud of and use. I still have a bit more knitting to do on the scarf, but know for sure that I will finish it and wear it proudly. Even people at work that have been watching me knit successfully finally have commented on how nice my scarf is.
    I have read all the comment people have written to you, in case people have questions that I have but have not thought to ask. I have been saddened to see so many “experts” telling you that you are not teaching this class in a way that one could possibly learn from without being confused terribly. Ironic that this is the first class that has NEVER confused me before. And I also have noticed that the only people that complain about your teaching technique are people who claim to have had so many years of experience at knitting, no newbies have said this class was confusing or hard to follow. Perhaps the “experts” have forgotten how tricky learning can be and are to far advanced to realize that you are actually making this very simple for us to follow. In which case, maybe they should not even be following along with your KNITTING 101 and go on about their expert ways.
    You have been nothing but helpful to me, answering all of my numerous emails and not making me feel like a fool for any of my questions. I look forward to finishing this scarf this weekend and then being ready for the next project you bring our way. I hope you won’t get discouraged and stop this series before we do all of the projects. That would be a huge loss to those of us who are following along splendidly.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend and that it is warm in your lovely part of Nashville. It is a very below freezing 8 degrees here right now. My scarf will come in handy for sure :)
    I hope I have not offended any of the people whose comments have been less than supportive. I just think you could cut Rebekka some slack and leave it be. Let us newbies tell her if we can’t follow along, after all, we are the ones she is teaching to.
    XXOO
    Debbie

  • Cristina

    I have loved following this series!

  • Adrienne Breedlove

    I am loving your posts on knitting! They’ve been really helpful and inspirational to me as someone who tried to learn knitting and quickly gave up. I’m trying again, and I hope you’ll continue this series with more projects!

  • Lauren

    I’ve always been somehow intimidated by all of this knitting stuff, but it seems totally do able, and enjoyable now! Thank you!

  • Annette

    Hi!

    I’m excited for the tutorials but I can’t see the stitches with this yarn. Can you use another color? Can we get a link to the knitting tutorial author’s we page? Thanks!!!

  • Taylor

    Love this!! I really really can’t wait to get started on a cool scarf!!

    xoxo
    Taylor

    http://www.welcomehometaylor.com

  • Kaylie

    I love this knitting series, it definitely makes me want to buy some knitting needles and have a go at it again. (I’m kind of an off and on again knitter…) I also love the design of the yarn, it’s beautiful!

    Also, you know, you’re the only blogger I read that I never skip a post. Sometimes it’s easy to just ‘mark blog as read’ on bloglovin’ but you’re the only one I never do that with. Congratulations I guess!

  • Dixx

    I love that it’s white and black! I don’t think I could knit for my life. never tried it, but looks complicated for me. maybe I’ll ask mom to teach me sometime.

    imeowlife. ,Dixx

  • petal and plume

    keeping note of all of this.. thanks so much, rebekka!
    xx

  • Mia Arp

    wow so pretty and easy! I am totally inspired to do my own. But of course mine would have some fringes to be more boho :-)

    Love / Mia Rainbow

    http://www.hippiechic.blogg.se

  • Margaret

    Your tutorials would be easier to follow if you used a single coloured yarn – it’s difficult to follow the thread when looking at your pictures.

  • rebekah childers

    This sounds so much easier than the binding off my mom taught me. I’ve always used a crochet hook. I’m going to try this. I love this series! I’ve been looking to learn new things in knitting, so I can’t wait to see what other projects are next!

  • shalan

    Love those wooden needles, by the way.

    shalan

  • Bibiche

    Franchement ? Ca me donne envie de m’y remettre !
    Bon dimanche à toutes !!!

  • debbie hosaflook

    YAY for me!!!!! I did it Rebekka, I finished my neck warmer, granted with a few mistakes knitted in for good measure, but never the less, I am ecstatic!!!!! Can’t wait to get the button on next week and wear it proudly. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! Now, I think I will go cast on another one and see if I can make this one mistake free :)
    XXOO
    debbie

  • Aimee

    I always have to look up binding off whenever I knit!

    Thanks for the tutorial.

  • Carolyn

    I have found this series fairly boring and uninspiring.
    I can easily google how to knit. I come to your blog for things I can’t find elsewhere…interesting pictures, of your home and kids, snippets of what you’re doing etc.
    Just some feedback.

    • Leonie

      Hi Carolyn, it’s kind of you to want to provide feedback, but I just wanted to say – how inspired would you feel to take interesting pictures of your home and kids and the things you get up to after a comment like that?

      I’ve loved the knitting series. I read Rebekka’s website previously, but didn’t know Bleubird, and I think I’ll stick around here too now.

      I finally bought some yarn yesterday and I’m knitting away at my scarf. I love how quick it is in chunky yarn. I’ve knitted previously, and clumsily, but I think this scarf is my neatest, most even project yet. And I’ll finally have a scarf that matches my multi-coloured coat, which I’m very excited about!

  • michelle

    Finished! Your instructions, particularly directing us to those great videos, are great. First time ever knitting and I have a cute little neck warmer! Just waiting for the button lesson. The only problem is that I used up every inch of my yarn. I am assuming I will need some more to attach the button?

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