How to Knit the Tubular Bind Off

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the tubular bind off. This sewn bind off creates an invisible edge on 1×1 ribbing that perfectly matches the tubular cast on. This is a great technique to use when finishing brims on hats and cuffs on sleeves or socks. It is very stretchy.

Also known as: Kitchener Rib Bind Off

Cast On Match: Italian Cast On

Skill: Intermediate


Prep rows 1 & 2: Knit the knits and slip the purls with yarn in front.

[Note: You will need a tail that is 3-4 times the length of your finished edge.]

Step 1: With your waste yarn threaded through a tapestry needle, insert the needle into the first stitch on your main needle purlwise and pull all the way through. Drop the stitch from the main needle. [Note: If the first stitch is a purl stitch, insert the needle through the first two stitches and drop them both.]

Step 2: Insert your tapestry needle in the next purl stitch on your main needle knitwise and pull tight. (It should be the first stitch on your main needle). Leave this stitch on the main needle.

Step 3: Insert your tapestry needle into the dropped knit stitch, purlwise, and through the next knit stitch on your main needle (it should be the second stitch on your main needle) and pull tight.

Step 4: Insert your tapestry needle into the purl stitch on your main needle again, this time going purlwise. Pull tight.

Step 5: Drop both the purl and knit stitch from your main needle.

Repeat steps 2 – 5 until you have bound off all your stitches.

How to Knit the Tubular Bind OffExample of the Tubular Bind off (click for larger)

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

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