Simple Stretchy Bind-Off

So simple, and so stretchy! This is my new favorite bind-off, good to use whether you need a little or a lot of stretch.

Instructions for working this BO in 2×2 rib:
Step 1: K 2 stitches, insert the left needle into the front of the two stitches you just worked, wrap the back needle and knit them together (k2tog tbl)
Step 2: P 1 stitch, Insert left needle into the back of the two stitches you just worked, wrap the front needle and purl them together (p2tog)
Step 3: Repeat Step 2
Step 4: K 1 stitch, insert the left needle into the front of the two stitches you just worked, wrap the back needle and knit them together (k2tog tbl)
Step 5: Repeat Step 4
Repeat Steps 2 through 5

Instructions for working this stitch in any other stitch combination:
K every knit stitch, and k2tog tbl it with the other stitch on the right needle
P every purl stitch, and p2tog it with the other stitch on the right needle

Information on things you’ll see in this video:

The shawl I’m wearing (not my design) can be found here.

The needles I use are Knitter’s Pride Bamboo DPNs.

The bulky yarn I used is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in colors Crush, Yonder, and Honey.

The nail polish I’m wearing is by Julep, color “London”.

17 comments on “Simple Stretchy Bind-Off

    Only that at the end of the day (or any time of day) Staci is better than a double martini (or Valium, or, ahem, weed).
    Aside from her thorough explanation of a stitch or a technique (even for ME, a LEFTIE!), her delivery is so natural, and off the cuff (no pun intended) I think she could host The Oscars – or be US Secretary of State – or, best of all, my closest friend.
    The fact that I always want to buy all the items that she credits (except that my nails are a disaster – so no nail polish), IS NOT HER FAULT.
    With enormous gratitude,
    (and fondness),

  2. Can’t wait to try this technique on the pair of socks I’m working on right now. What is the pattern for the scarf/cowl you are wearing, it’s beautiful!

  3. Pat – please see the text below the video…everything you see in the video (yarn, needles, knits I’m wearing, etc) are all listed and linked there.

    S t a c i

  4. That’s the simplest, most genius thing I have seen in a wicked long time. I have to hurry up and finish something so I can use this!

  5. Hi Staci–
    Is this the same thing as the Russian bind-off? It seems the same in the steps, but then it look different on the finished product. I’m sure I’m missing something but I don’t know what…

  6. i like the new bind off for the sock cuff but I only need the stretch to get the cuff over my heel. I don’t need any more stretch on the cuff at the ankle.
    Should i decrease before making my cuff since there is so much stretch in the new bind off.
    Thanks for wonderful videos and instructions.

  7. I can’t remember how I stumbled across your tutorials but boy it’s my first go to point now. I have even bought courses on other stuff and always come back to your videos. Just wanted to thank you for simple understandable GREAT tutorials patterns etc. So appreciated! You also make it fun and pass on the enthusiasm.

  8. Staci, I am doing the cuff of a toe-up sock in 1×1 ribbing, do I knit 1, purl 1 then k2tog tbl. I’m just not positive, and I want to get right without having to rip it out and start over.

  9. is there a way to do the bind off using magic loop, 2 at a time without transferring to dpns?

  10. Marky Boy’s Mama – the technique is exactly the same whether you’re knitting Continental or English/American. The only difference is the hand in which you’re holding the working yarn…that’s it, you work the stitch the exact same way, either way.

    S t a c i

  11. I always use a larger needle for the regular bind-off so I don’t bind off too tight. Would yuo recommend that with this bind-off method?
    Thank you for all you help!

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