Binding off in pattern is a technique that’s often used when you’re binding off rib stitch.
Unlike a regular bind off, where you knit all the stitches on the bind off row, binding off in pattern requires that you knit the bind off row as if you were working the next row of your stitch pattern.
The result is a bind off that seamlessly blends into your stitch pattern. It can also keep the knitting from stretching or flaring out, and generally looks a bit neater.
The good news is that binding off in pattern is very easy to do.
Just remember to work the two stitches of the bind off as if you were knitting the next row of your pattern.
Bring the first stitch over the second stitch. Then, knit the next stitch as if you were working the next stitch in the stitch pattern. Bring the first stitch over this stitch. Continue binding off in this manner. That’s it!
Bind Off in Pattern Video Tutorial
To watch how to bind off in pattern, watch the video tutorial above. I go through how to bind off 2×2 rib and seed stitch in pattern.
Compare Regular Bind Off to Bind Off in Pattern
Take a look at a regular knit bind off and binding off in pattern for 2×2 rib. (Note that “cast off” and “bind off” mean the same thing!)
This is another close-up example of a regular bind off and binding off in pattern for seed stitch:
You’ll notice that in both examples, the bind off merges into the knitting more smoothly than a regular bind off.
Ultimately whether you choose to bind off in pattern or in the regular way is up to you! Some knitters like the look of a bold regular bind off while others favour the subtlety of an edge bound off in pattern.
That’s the great thing about knitting – you can customise your work however you please!
BIND OFF TIP: keep a loose hand when binding off, especially if you’re dealing with ribbing. This will keep the bind off elastic and springy!
Some knitters find it awkward to intentionally keep their tension loose. If you’re in the same boat, consider binding off with a needle that’s a size or two larger than the needles you’re knitting with.
- How to Cast Off Knitting for Total Beginners
- Rib Knitting for Beginners
- How to Knit a Seed Stitch Scarf or Cowl