How to Knit the Russian Bind Off

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the Russian bind off. This finishing technique is a variation of the traditional knit bind off, but forgoes the use of passing stitches over each other. It gives a nice clean edge with a moderate amount of stretch.

Skill: Intermediate

Instructions:

Step 1: Knit the first stitch on your main needle as normal.

Step 2: Place the just worked stitch back on the main needle.

Step 3: Insert your working needle into the first stitch on your main needle purlwise.

Step 4: Now insert your working needle into the second stitch on your main needle knitwise.

Step 5: Knit both stitches together.

Step 6: Pull both stitches off the main needle.

Repeat steps 2 – 6 all of your stitches have been cast off. Then break your yarn, pull through, and weave in ends.

After you are finish binding off your edge should look like this:

Example of the Russian bind off in a contrasting color

Example of the Russian bind off in a contrasting color

music in video is from demo 2008 by (Latch\xe9 Swing) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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