Right after I published a tutorial about the lovely lace-like yarn over edging, I’ve got a message from Julia R with a suggestion to turn this edging into a bind off that we could use to finish off toe-up socks, top-down sweaters and other projects that benefit from a delicate bind off edge.
It was a terrific idea so I set to experimenting with yarn and needles to develop a bind off method that mimics the look of the yarn over edging. After quite a few attempts to achieve this look by combining different knitting techniques, I’m more than happy to share with you a method that forms an interesting edge with overlapping loops on top.
These yarn loops look like droplets of water that we see on tree branches and on garden furniture after a rain.
This analogy prompted a name for this bind off – Droplets Bind Off.
Let’s see how this method works step by step.
This bind off method is the same for projects worked back and forth and the ones worked in the round.
The edge formed by this bind off is not fully reversible. It looks good on both sides of the work, but the fabric is not identical. For best result, bind off stitches in a right side row with the nicer side of the fabric facing you.
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If you enjoyed this tutorial,
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“Neat Side Edges” Book
Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.