If you’ve been knitting awhile, you may have experienced what all knitters go through at some point or another. You spend weeks making a gorgeous item, cast off, only to find that the edging is TOO TIGHT!

You can banish this problem foreverrrr – errrr – errr – err – er…

Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off will fix this problem for you and all your edges will be SUPPPAH strettttchy.

My boo and I created this video for you (he filmed/edited and I just sat there) to demonstrate just how awesome this technique is!


In this video, I assume you know how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off in the usual way. If you’re an absolute beginner, please watch my previous how to knit and purl videos FIRST and become comfortable with knitting before attempting this technique.

Those videos can be found here:

HOW TO KNIT – For Absolute Beginners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONVQCK_-rKc

HOW TO PURL – For Absolute Beginners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UJcXclkbvg

The rule to remember for this technique is:

•Before every knit stitch, work a reverse yarn-over. Knit the stitch. Bind off.
•Before every purl stitch, work a regular yarn-over. Purl the stitch. Bind off.

You’ll see in the video how I do it.

And that’s it! It’s really super easy and simple! This creates a REALLLLLY stretchy bind off that is great for socks, shawls, scarves, sweaters and any other project where you want an incredibly stretchy bind off. It will change your knitting life forever!

I show you how to do this on some 1×1 ribbing I created.

However, what if you have 2×2 ribbing? Or all the stitches are knit? Or all of them are purl?

You can still definitely work this method! Just stick with the same rule listed above of doing a reverse yarn-over before every knit stitch and a regular yarn-over before every purl stitch. And voila. You will end up with a gorgeous, springy, stretchy edging that will make your knitted projects sigh with relief and glee.

There’s nothing worse than spending weeks creating a project you love only to cast off (bind off) too tightly and find that the item doesn’t fit over your hips or heel or head. EGADS! Nobody wants that!

I use this bind-off in almost EVERYTHING I make where I need a stretchy edge and highly recommend you add it to your list of bind-off techniques.

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(BTW, I did NOT create this bind-off… that honor goes to Jeny Staiman, whom you can find here: http://www.ravelry.com/people/curiousjeny)

There you have it! Hope you enjoy!



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