Knitting Basics: Bind-Off & Weave In Ends

Learn my go-to bind-off method and how to weave in the yarn ends to complete your knitted piece.

I’m here with another installment of our Knitting Basics Series! I enjoy knitting so much but found it frustrating when I was a beginner. Just like any other hobby, it takes time, patience and practice. I’ve enjoyed putting these knitting basics together for you and actually learned some new things myself while working on these tutorials.

Of course you know the feeling…you’ve finished a project and the moment has come when you can complete it, admire your work and if you’re like me, start thinking of your next project! This is where your bind-off takes place. After all your hard work you want to make sure to use the right bind-off method for your project, one that feels most comfortable to you. There are different methods for binding-off but I’m going to show you my go-to bind-off method. This is the way I’ve done it for years and have found it to be the easiest. Here’s a great tutorial with a helpful video that should help to alleviate your fear of binding off your work.

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Let’s Go!

Materials for Binding-Off a Knitted Piece:

  • A knitted swatch still on knitting needle

The video below demonstrates the very standard form of bind-off. This method is also sometimes called the stable bind-off. There are other types of bind-offs that create different types of edges, but this one is the most common and most useful type of bind off for beginners to know.

All that “binding-off” means is that you're completing your pattern and finishing the last row of stitches by completing them without starting a new row.

Video Demonstration Of How To Bind-Off Stitches of a Knitted Piece:

Step-By-Step Instructions for How to Bind-Off:

Step 1

Knit the first two stitches.

knitting needles with two knit stitches on one needle
 

Step 2

Insert the needle that’s in your non-dominant hand into the first stitch on the working needle (the stitch on the right) as if to knit.

working knitting needle being inserted into first stitch
 

Step 3

Take that stitch and pass it over the second stitch and off of the needle.

knitting needle passing a stitch over the second stitch and off the needle
 

Step 4

Knit the next stitch and repeat from step 1 until you get to your final two stitches.

knitting needle knitting next stitch to be bound off
 

Step 5

When you have your final two stitches on your working needle, insert your left needle into the first stitch and pass it over the second stitch, just like you've been doing for the other stitches in your bind off.

Step 6

With the one remaining stitch on your needle, take a pair of scissors and cut your working yarn so that you have a 3-4 inch tail.

 

Step 7

Using your needle, simply pull the needle up and bring the yarn through the center of your final stitch. Tighten the yarn, and you're done!

pulling end of yarn through center of final knitted yarn loop
 

 

Materials for Weaving-In yarn Ends:

  • A knitted swatch bound-off of knitting needles (see instructions above)

Now that you've got your yarn off of your stitches, you've probably noticed that you have two strands of yarn, dangling from the ends of your fabric.

Your instinct might be to just cut them off, but don't do that. That will make your yarn unravel, and your project will fall apart. Instead, you want to weave your ends into your knitting in a way that secures them in place!

Video Demonstration Of How To weave-in Yarn Ends on a Knitted Piece:


STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO Weave-In Yarn Ends in Knitting:

Step 1

Thread your end through the eye of your tapestry needle.

plastic tapestry needle and knitted swatch
 

Step 2

Insert the tapestry needle into one of the holes in your bind off row.

Note: Make sure you do not thread your end through the stitch it's coming out of. This will undo the stitch.

 
plastic tapestry needle weaving yarn end into swatch
 

Step 3

Identify the "smiley faces" or "frowny faces" in your work.

Bring the yarn up and through one of the frowny faces.

 
tapestry yarn needle pulling yarn end through smiley loop on knitted swatch
 

Step 4

Angle the needle up and slightly to the left so that the needle is going through both the frowny face and the smiley face above it.

 
tapestry needle weaving yarn end through knitted swatch
 

Step 5

Bring your tapestry needle down through the smiley face to the left of the previous smiley face that you just came out of.

Angle the needle down and to the right to go through the frowny face below it.

 
tapestry needle pulling yarn end through knitted loops
 

Step 6

Move the tapestry needle to the next frowny face to the left and bring the yarn back through the smiley face that you just came out of.

You'll be going through each of these loops twice as you weave in your ends.

 
tapestry needle weaving yarn end through back side of knittted swatch
 

Step 7

Repeat this, going up and down through the stitches. You should have at last two inches or so of your ends weaves in to keep them secure.

Then you can cut the end close to the fabric. The tip of the yarn will "felt" into the fabric over time.

 
yellow yarn end demonstrating weaving yarn end through back side of knitted swatch

Special thanks to All Free Knitting for allowing us to share their great tutorial with our readers!

 
Knitting Basics: Bind-Off and Weave In Ends - tutorials with videos and step-by-step instructions at Yarn Scissors Silk