More often than not, after binding off the last stitch, a huge loop remains, spoiling the edge, and making it more difficult to finish the seam…
In today’s tutorial, you’ll learn a devastatingly effective knitting tip to prevent it 😉
So, rather than finishing the work like this:
The result looks more like this:
The following steps fix the last stitch and avoid a loose loop on the edge:
Step one: Before binding off the last stitch, slip it onto the right-hand needle (there are now two stitches on the right-hand needle).
Step two: Insert the left-hand needle into the left “leg” of the “v” or edge stitch from the row below (there is now one stitch on the left-hand needle, and two stitches on the right-hand needle).
Step three: Pass the slipped the stitch back onto the left-hand needle (there are two stitches on the left-hand needle, and one stitch on the right-hand needle).
Step four: Knit together the two stitches from the left-hand needle.
Step five: Bind off the last stitch as usual.
This will help you to make a neat and tidy edge, which is especially helpful when knitting a single piece such as a blanket or a scarf, or when joining sweater pieces.
Enjoy the video tutorial:
I hope that helps! And don’t forget to share the love if you think this would be useful for someone else!
Hugs and happy knitting,
Carolina – So Woolly