‘Learn to Knit’ MINI SERIES, Week 3: The Bind Off / Weaving in the Ends
(Knitting series found here)
When you are ready to end a project it is called binding off. We’re going to learn the most common form of bind off and then we are going to learn what is every knitter’s least favorite task: weaving in the ends.
Grab the first stitch you knit with your left-hand needle
And pull it OVER the second stitch. Make sure to pull your needle out of the stitch once it is pulled over the first one.
You will have one stitch on your right-hand needle now.
Knit the next stitch of the row, so you have 2 stitches on your right-hand needle again
And pull the first stitch over the second stitch, so you only have one stitch on your right-hand needle again. You don’t need this very tight, remember to kind of loosen up. If you do it too tight you can end up with a piece that is smaller on one end than the other.
Repeat this across the row: Knit one, pass over, knit one, pass over, until you have one stitch left on your right needle and can’t go any further (see that nice “chain” along the top edge? That’s what you want)
At this point cut your yarn, leaving an 8-12” tail
Then simply pull the end through the last loop
Pull it tight so it creates a nice little knot.
Tah-Dah! Finished washcloth. Now we need to hide those pesky ends. You never want to tie a knot in your knitting when weaving in the ends. If you weave in an end and it gets loose, you can just weave it back in. If you tie a knot and it comes loose, there’s no end to weave in and you are stuck with a tail that can lead to unraveling and bad things. I know knots are easier, but no knots!
Thread one of the ends through your tapestry needle
Follow the path of the yarn up
Around and back down
Around and down
Keep doing this until you’ve worked about 6” of tail into your washcloth and then cut your yarn fairly close
Repeat the same thing on the other end
Huzzah! Finished washcloth!