This blog post shows you with lots of pictures how to bind off your knitting project using your knitting needles to create chain stitches. Therefore you can do the bind off without a crochet hook.
You are looking for a tutorial to use a crochet hook? Check out “Tutorial: Bind Off using your Crochet Hook for Chain Stitches“.
– Your knitting project ready to bind off
Step 0: Perparation
Get your knitting project to the point where you are ready to bind off.
Step 1: Starting Position
Knit one stitch.
Knit a second stitch.
Slip first stitch over the second stitch. You bound off one stitch with classic bind off.
Slip the remaining stitch back to the left hand needle.
Knit the stitch. As you can see on the picture you worked a chain stitch.
Slip the stitch back to the left hand needle and knit it again. Two chain stitches are worked. Repeat this step to create as many chain stitches as you need.
Knit the next stitch from your left hand needle.
Slip first stitch over the second stitch. This closes the chain stitch “loop”.
On the image you can see the chain stitch loop. In total 3 stitches of your project are bound off now. Repeat from step 4 until you bound off all your stitches. Bind off stitches the classic way between the loops as often as you like or your pattern requires.
This image shows: BO 1 st, chain stitch 5, BO 1 st, chain stitch 5.
Chain stitch 5 means: Work 5 chain stitches and close the chain like described in step 7 and step 8.
Completely Bound Off:
The picture below shows the sample bound off completely. The left side was bound off using the “Crochet like Bind Off with your Knitting Needles” as described in this post. The right side used the description from “Tutorial: Bind Off with your Crochet Hook“.
As you can see, both loops look equivalent, therefore choose the technique you prefer.
I wish you a lot of fun binding off and enjoying your new shawl. 🙂
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