Three Easy Ways to Make a Stretchy Bind Off

Often when we knit toe-up socks, a top-down sweater or a top-down hat (like the one we finished last week), it’s a good idea to make the bind off stretchy to ensure that our handknit creation is comfortable to wear.

There is a bunch of ways to make the bind off edge elastic. Many of those bind offs are done with a wool needle. But we won’t discuss those elaborate techniques in this article. Instead, I’ll show you three easy ways to make a stretchy bind off edge. All of these ways are done with knitting needles and work well for most stitch patterns.

I’ll show each bind off on a swatch made in knit 3, purl 3 ribbing that is a good stitch to demonstrate how the bind off edge looks on knit stitches, purl stitches and ribbing. 

Ok, now let’s take a closer look at each way to make a stretchy bind off edge.

Here they are – three ways to make a stretchy bind off. Each of them is different, so try them all and decide which one you like best 🙂


The full step-by-step photo tutorial about these methods is a part of the Knitting Collection #1Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (190 pages!) with this and 22 other tutorials included in the collection.

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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

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Three easy ways to make a stretchy bind off | 10 rows a day
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