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Bias Bind-Off

Bias Bind-Off

We use the bias bind-off when we want to achieve a sloped edge at the top of our knitting, often as an alternative to short-row shaping. The bias bind-off is perfect for the shoulders of garments as its smooth slope allows for easy and attractive mattress stitch seaming.

Binding Off for Sloped Edges

Note: Shoulder shaping uses regular bind-off on the first two rows for square corners. After your first set of bind-offs are done (creating those square corners at the outside edges), subsequent sets of bind-offs can be done in a variety of ways.

BASIC BIND-OFF

Working every stitch of subsequent sets of bind-offs creates a stair-step effect (Fig. 1). This makes seaming smoothly more difficult and adds bulk inside the seam.

SLIPPED FIRST STITCH

Slipping the first stitch of subsequent sets of bind-offs smooths out the stair-step effect somewhat (Fig. 2) making seaming or picking up edge stitches easier and seam allowances a little less bulky.

BIAS BIND-OFF

The bias bind-off technique, used in a few of our Churchmouse Classics, creates a very smoothly sloping edge (Fig. 3). Stitches are slipped on both right side (RS) and wrong side (WS) rows, creating a tighter edge.

How to Bias Bind-Off

By slipping the last stitch at the end of the row and slipping the first two stitches at the beginning of the next row, each subsequent bind-off is only one row taller than the prior bind-off, thus creating a gently sloped edge without any stair-step look. This example is for shoulder shaping where the shaping is done at both right and left edges.

Row 1 (RS): Bind off specified number of stitches. K to end.

Row 2 (WS): Bind off specified number of stitches. P to last stitch. WYIB Sl 1.

Row 3 (RS): Sl 2, lift first stitch over second stitch (1 st bound off). Continue to bind off normally (i.e. K1, lift 1 over, etc) until specified number of stitches are bound off. K to last stitch, WYIB Sl 1.

Row 4 (WS): Sl 2, lift first stitch over second stitch (1st bound off). Continue to bind off normally (i.e. P1, lift 1 over, etc) until specified number of stitches are bound off. P to last stitch, WYIF Sl 1.

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until all desired stitches are bound off.

GLOSSARY

= knit; = purl; RS = right side; Sl = slip next stitch from left needle to right needle, purlwise, without working it; WYIB = with yarn in back; WYIF = with yarn in front; WS = wrong side.

We use the bias bind-off in a few Churchmouse Classics . . .

. . . like the Sleeveless Slipover . . .

. . . and the Simple Tee.

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