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Perfect Bind-Off for Garter Stitch: The Icelandic Bind-Off

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Published on Mar 2, 2014

http://knitfreedom.com Let's face it — on garter stitch, a regular bind-off never seems to cut it. http://knitfreedom.com/bind-offs/3-go...

The fabric spreads out more than Stockinette stitch, but doesn't bounce back in like ribbing, plus you've got those horizontal bumps to try to match.

A regular bind-off just makes a pulled-in, inflexible edge. Ick!

Now, with more than 40 perfect bind-offs at my disposal, I set out to find THE bind-off that I would use on every Garter-stitch project from now on.

I decided the ideal bind-off would be: -- stretchy but not too stretchy -- a good match to the horizontal bumps -- fast and easy

I picked the three bind-offs out of my upcoming ebook that I thought would work the best. They are shown in this blog post: http://knitfreedom.com/bind-offs/3-go...

All three turned out to be great choices!
Picking a Winner
For any project over 60 stitches wide, I would choose the fastest one: the Icelandic bind-off, which is what I'm going to teach you today.

The Icelandic bind-off is faster because it is done "on the needles" as opposed to sewn with a tapestry needle.

For any long-edged Garter-stitch project like the Color Affection shawl that's so popular on Ravelry (pictured below), I recommend this excellent bind-off.

It matches the fabric almost perfectly, and is strong, stretchy, and sturdy — just what the doctor ordered.

Tip: You can use the Icelandic Bind-off on any fabric, not just Garter stitch. Try it on Stockinette -- it will make a pretty little rolled edge.

Go to this post to see step-by-step photo instructions, tips and tricks, and an animated demo: http://knitfreedom.com/bind-offs/3-go...

Tip -- many readers have asked what needles I'm using in the video and photos. I'm using my favorites: Signature Needle Arts needles, which I've collected over many birthdays. Make sure to get the Stiletto Tip.

Icelandic Bind-Off Step-by-Step Instructions
1. With R needle, reach through 1st st purlwise.
2. Catch front loop of 2nd st.
3. Draw 2nd st through 1st st.
4. Wrap your yarn to knit. Pull yarn through.
5. Complete the K stitch.
6. Move st back to L needle.
7. Repeat steps 1-6 across row.
8. Cut yarn and pull through last st.

Icelandic Bind-Off: Tips and Tricks
One thing to help you do this bind-off faster is to get into a rhythm.

Don't be afraid to stretch the stitches as you do them so that you can get into a rhythm and make sure that the bind-off comes out nice and even. If your tension varies a lot you'll notice the bind-off won't look as nice.

To go faster: when you put the stitch back on the left needle, leave the right needle-tip inserted in the stitch.

You will already be in position to catch the front loop of the second stitch and start the movement again.

Also, make sure to push each completed stitch onto the barrel of the R needle, even if only briefly, before you pass it back to the left-hand needle.

This will keep the stitches from getting too tight.

This Tutorial Is Part Of "I Love Bind-Offs" -- available March 8th

Where you learn 45 perfect bind-offs for your knitting projects.

Leave A Comment

What's the last project that you did in Garter stitch? Were you happy with the bind-off you used? Can you suggest anything to our readers?

Or were you, like me, doomed to never be happy with your Garter-stitch bind-offs (until now!)?

Leave a comment below and let me know.

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