Occasionally you’ll come across a knitting pattern that contains the instructions “bind off in pattern.” In this video, Mary Beth Temple demonstrates how to work this pattern instruction.
For many knitting projects, a knitwise bind off or a purlwise bind off can be used to finish the knitting. As Mary Beth points out, if you’ve worked a stitch pattern like moss stitch, seed stitch or ribbing, binding off in a conventional manner won’t give you a polished edge. By binding off in pattern, the patterning of the final row of the project is maintained in the bind off so that the pattern flows right into the edge of the piece.
Mary Beth works a swatch with a checkerboard pattern along the top, that’s worked in knit 5 stitches, purl 5 stitches patterning. As she is working the bind off, she works the stitch as it’s presented. She knits the knits and purls the purls as she’s simultaneously binding off, making sure to bring the yarn between the needles as she’s changing stitches.