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Just this week I had the occasion to share one of my favorite bind-offs with someone. I know I’ve written about it before, but it’s so handy that I just have to share it with you again. It’s called the knitted sewn bind-off (or sometimes just the sewn bind-off, although there is a purled version as well). Now, it’s not a technique that I use as a “normal” bind-off, as it can be rather tedious to do, but here are the applications that I usually use and recommend it for:

  1. Some lace patterns; especially ones that need to be blocked very aggressively or that are very open and elastic.
  2. Brioche/knit one below/fisherman’s rib; a regular bind-off often isn’t stretchy enough and will cause these patterns to draw in at the top.
  3. When redoing a tight bind-off after the yarn has already been cut; a sewn bind-off almost always takes less yarn than a regular bind-off, and it’s also much stretchier.
  4. When the bind-off is meant to be decorative and/or mirror the long-tail cast-on; here is an example.

So, without further ado, here is the video:

How about you? Have you ever used a sewn bind-off? Please share below!