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How to Knit Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Sewn Bind Off

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit Elizabeth Zimmermann’s sewn bind off. This method of casting off was developed to compliment the look of the long tail cast on. By sewing the tail of your yarn through the stitches, you can create a finished edge that perfectly mirrors the long tail.

Skill: Beginner

Instructions:

You will want a tail that is at least 2-3 times the length of your finished edge.

Step 1: After threading your tail through the darning needle, insert the needle through the first two stitches on your main needle, purlwise, and pull tight.

Step 2: Take the darning needle and insert it into the first stitch on your main needle, knitwise. Pull through and pull tight.

Step 3: Pull the first stitch off the main needle.

Repeat steps 1 – 3 until you have cast off all your stitches.

Example of Elizabeth Zimmermann's Sewn Bind Off shown in contrasting color (click for larger image)

Example of Elizabeth Zimmermann's Sewn Bind Off shown in contrasting color (click for larger image)


music in video is from demo 2008 by (Latchxe9 Swing) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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Comments

  1. Heather

    January 3, 2013

    What pattern is the swatch done in? Thanks!

    • Johnny Vasquez

      January 7, 2013

      It’s just plain stockinette. The yarn is Lion Brand Superwash Merino Cashmere. That’s what give it the distinct look.

      • holex07

        January 8, 2013

        Oh wow, the yarn really makes a difference (to my untrained eye anyway hah). Thanks Johnny!