Eastern (Russian) Version of Sewn Bind Off

Russian Version of Sewn Bind Off - Worked Flat and in the Round

When we bind off stitches of neckbands, cuffs, toe-up socks and shawls, it is a good idea to form an edge that is elastic but holds its shape well. In cases like this, I always use a variation of a sewn bind off that I’ve learned from an old Russian knitting book ages ago.

Up until now, I thought it is the same sewn bind off as the one popularized by Elizabeth Zimmermann in her book “Knitting Without Tears”. As I was doing research for this tutorial, I discovered that these are two different ways to make a sewn bind off.

I’m more than happy to share with you an Eastern variation of this helpful knitting technique.

The edge formed by this bind off method is not bulky. That’s why it does not keep stitches in a certain pattern. The knitted stitches are free to form a stitch pattern that they are supposed to form – knits behave like knits and purls behave like purls. That makes this bind off great for any stitch pattern – ribbing, lace, seed stitch, moss stitch, cables, you name it.

Russian Version of Sewn Bind Off - Worked Flat and in the Round

The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #4. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (351 pages!) with this and 47 other tutorials included in the collection.

You will also receive one e-book and two knitting patterns as a special bonus, so go ahead and get it all right now before you forget 😊


If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:

“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book

Discover six pairs of cast on and bind off methods that form identical edges on projects worked flat and in the round.

“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.


Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko - www.10rowsaday.com

Russian Version of Sewn Bind Off - Worked Flat and in the Round
 | 10 rows a day
Russian Version of Sewn Bind Off - Worked Flat and in the Round
 | 10 rows a day
Russian Version of Sewn Bind Off - Worked Flat and in the Round
 | 10 rows a day