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Cast Off Knitting Stitches – How To Bind Off

Now that your knitting project is finished, you’re going to need to cast off knitting stitches to finish up and it’s quite simple too.


Binding off is a way to take the live stitches off your needle, create a nice finished edge and stop the stitches from unraveling.

In knitting, cast off and bind off both mean the same thing which is safely and securely taking the live stitches off the needle.

And you know what casting off stitches means right?

  1. It’s almost time to start a brand new knitting project. You know the one; the one you were thinking about when you were finishing knitting this project. Haha
  2. And it’s time to think about all those wonderful knitting yarns and which ones you’re going to choose

And well….

It’s just fun and exciting when you finish up a knitting project.

For one thing you get to give it to someone special or you get to keep it and enjoy it.

But first…

You may want to just admire it for awhile. I sure do.


The most important thing to remember when you cast off knitting is to cast off very loosely. And it’s something I’m not very good at doing myself. I’m a tight knitter.

You see if you bind off knitting too tightly you will find that it kind of puckers and doesn’t really drape very well. So try to keep the stitches loose.

How To Cast Off Knitting Stitches

To begin casting off stitches, start by knitting two stitches.

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With your left needle catch the first stitch you knit on the right needle (the bottom one) and take it over the second stitch (the top one) kind of like you’re leap frogging.

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Then just let the stitch fall.

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Knit another stitch and then leap frog the stitch on your right needle again. Keep on casting off stitches this way until you have one stitch left.

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Leave about six inches or so and cut the yarn. Bring the yarn completely through the loop.

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All you do now is pull it snug.

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Here are two videos showing you how to cast of knitting stitches just like I showed you above. One is the English knitting method and the other is Continental.

Cast off Knitting Video – English Style

Cast Off Knitting Video – Continental Style

 Now you know how to cast of knitting stitches.

 You’ve been doing great so far. Maybe it’s time for a cup of tea.

While You’re Sipping on Your Cuppa…

You might like to check out my bind off knitting tips page.  There’s some extra help for keeping your stitches looser.  And I’ll join you. I’ve noticed on my pictures that my bind off looks a little tight. Yikes!! There’s definitely room for improvement. ha ha

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