In my Polka Spot Scarf pattern, the instructions have you do a sewn bind off for this project. Why, you ask... It is the perfect bind off for anything that needs to stretch a lot. I tried a couple of different bind off's for the pattern before settling on this one. I think it is the best type of bind off to use when you are working with stretchy garter stitch and you don't need a firm bind off edge.
Sewn Bind Off
- You want to leave a yarn tail on your work that is at least twice the width of the knitting on your needle. I usually leave at tail that is three times the width, but that is me being paranoid, twice the width does work. Thread the yarn tail through the eye of a tapestry or darning needle. You will want to hold the knitting on the needle in your left hand and do the sewing with your right hand. For the Polka Spot scarf, the right side of the work should be facing you, the above image shows the wrong side facing up.
- Bring the tapestry needle and yarn tail through the first two stitches on the knitting needles, as if to purl. Leave both of these stitches on the knitting needle.
- This is what your work should look like once you finish Step One. The tapestry needle and yarn tail are completely drawn through the first two stitches on the knitting needle.
- Bring the tapestry needle and yarn tail back through the first stitch on the kniting needle, as if to knit. Then slip the first stitch off the knitting needle.
- This is what your work should look like once you finish Step Two. The tapestry needle and yarn tail are completely drawn through the first stitch on the knitting needle, then that stitch is slipped off of the knitting needle.
- Repeat the above two steps. When there is just one stitch left on your knitting needle, sew through that last stitch as if to knit and slip it off the knitting needle (not pictured). Weave in your ends.
Taa-daa! You have now just added another type of bind off to your knitting repertoire.