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The three-needle join is sort of the red-headed step-child of the three-needle bind-off (I honestly didn’t know I could fit that many hyphens into one sentence!). Unlike the three-needle bind-off, which usually happens toward the end of the knitting, the three-needle join tends to occur at odd places such as folded and picot hems, button plackets, and pleats. Adding to its unpopularity, it sometimes requires knowledge of a provisional cast-on. But don’t let its quirks scare you away–it’s a fun and (relatively) easy stitch to execute. And, just like an unexpected wine or a robust cheese, this technique has a lot to offer if you know when and how to use it.

Happy stitching!