Invisible Ribbed Bind Off

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The invisible ribbed bind off is a sewn bind off that creates a very stretchy edge to finish 1×1 (knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch) ribbing. As the name suggests, this bind off is nearly invisible and gives the edge of your piece a clean, finished look. In this video, Jill Wright demonstrates how to work the invisible ribbed bind off.

To begin, Jill measures out a yarn tail that is approximately three times the width of the swatch. She threads the end of the yarn tail onto a blunt tapestry needle and then begins the bind off, following these steps:

  • 1. Insert tapestry needle into the first stitch purlwise, pulling the yarn through the stitch.
  • 2. Insert tapestry needle into the second stitch on the knitting needle knitwise, pulling the yarn through the stitch.
  • 3. Insert tapestry needle into the first stitch knitwise, pulling the yarn through the stitch and taking the stitch off the needle.
  • 4. Insert tapestry needle into the second stitch on the knitting needle purlwise, pulling the yarn through the stitch.
  • 5. Insert the tapestry needle into the first stitch purlwise, pulling the yarn through the stitch and taking the stitch off the needle.
  • 6. Bring the tapestry needle behind the work and then insert the tapestry needle into the second stitch on the knitting needle knitwise, pulling the yarn through the stitch.
  • 7. Insert tapestry needle into the first stitch knitwise, pulling the yarn through the stitch and taking the stitch off the needle.

Repeat steps 4 through 7 until one stitch remains on the needle. Bring yarn through the final stitch to fasten off.