Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind off

a stretchy bind off which adds extra yarn to each stitch

I am a tight knitter, and a stretchy bindoff is also what I need. Jeny Steinman’s surprisingly stretchy bind off works very well for me. It works as follows:

  • before a knit stitch, assuming you already have a stitch on the right needle:
    1. do a “reverse” yarn over, by wrapping the yarn in the opposite direction, i.e. from the back to the front (anti-clockwise); (2 sts on right needle);
    2. knit next stitch (3 sts on right needle);
    3. pass both bottom stitches (the initial stitch and the reverse yarn over) over the stitch closest to the tip of the right needle, as for a standard bind off
    4. repeat steps 1-3 until the end
  • before a purl stitch, assuming you already have a stitch on the right needle:
    1. do a standard yarn over, i.e. from the front to the back (clockwise); (2 sts on right needle);
    2. purl next stitch (3 sts on right needle);
    3. pass both bottom stitches (the initial stitch and the reverse yarn over) over the stitch closest to the tip of the right needle, as for a standard bind off
    4. repeat steps 1-3 until the end

The above assumes that there is already a stitch on the right needle, however at the start of the row/round, there won’t be any stitch on the right needle. So to get started:

  • do a standard or reverse yarn over, depending on whether the first stitch is a purl or a knit;
  • work the first stitch on the left needle (2 sts on right needle);
  • pass the yarn over over the top stitch on the first needle

Now you are set. There are plenty of videos out there – the one below is short 😉

It is in continental style – I am a thrower not a picker, so the only difference is that I work the stitches in that style.

Author: lovestoswatch

I used to knit as a girl, then hanged the needles for two/three decades, and now I’m back, and loving it! The photo is my version of Linda Marveng's Aki, the first proper project after "being born again". After getting back into knitting, weaving has also become my passion (with a little sewing to turn my handweaving into garments).

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