This method of binding off is the most basic.
Benefits and Drawbacks
This technique is the easiest bind-off, but results in a very tight edge with very little elasticity, not usually desirable in knitting. However, its advantages are that:
- it does not flare as many bound-off edges do;
- it will retain its length, even under tension (good for shoulder seams);
- it does not require that the working yarn be nearby;
- it can be done in any direction.
Simply pass each loop over an adjacent stitch as you knit. The final loop is fastened off to secure the whole chain.