3 ways to BO loosely

How to bind-off stitches loosely?

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Sometimes in a pattern, we are asked to bind-off stitches loosely.

For example, to bind-off stitches on a cuff for socks starting from the toe (for this you also have Lori’s Twisty Bind Off ingenious method), to bind-off stitches on a shawl or on the hem of a hat.

Here are three ways that will help you.

Bind Off stitches Loosely

1. K2tog Bind-Off method

This method is very easy and fast, it is not however the method I prefer because it is not the most flexible I know. It is still useful when you are looking for a loose but not too loose bind-off.

Let’s see this method step by step.

  • Knit two stitches together
Knit two stitches together
  • Place the obtained stitches on your left needle and knit it
K2tog BO - step 2
  • You’ve just completed your first stitch. Proceed in the same way to increase the desired number of stitches.

2. Suspended Bind-Off

This bind-off is my favorite one for binding-off stitches on a shawl’s garter sttich edge.

To bind-off stitches this way, let’s see how to proceed :

  • At the beginning, knit two stitches, afterwards, you will only knit the next one.
  • When knitting the second stitch, do not drop the stitch on the left needle.
Suspended Bind Off Step 2
  • Pass the first stitch on the right needle over the second stitch.
Suspended Bind-Off - step 3
  • You’ve just completed your first stitch bind-off. Proceed in the same way to BO all the remaining stitches.

3. Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off

Here is the last bind-off of this article. This one is the loosest of the three ones and will give you a very elastic result. It was my favorite one for binding off cuffs before discovering Lori’s Bind-Off.

  • Knit the first stitch (this only applies to the very first stitch).
  • Make a yarn over on your right needle
JSSBO Step 1
  • Knit the next stitch
JSSBO Step 2
  • Pass the yarn over over the second stitch
JSSBO Step 3
  • Pass the first stitch over the second one
JSSBO Step 4
  • You’ve just completed your first stitch bind-off. Proceed in the same way to BO all the remaining stitches.

You now know the way to bind-off loosely in three different ways.

If you want to know more or review these methods, take a look at this video :

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