Simple Bind-Off

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:

  1. it does not flare as many bound-off edges do;
  2. it will retain its length, even under tension (good for shoulder seams);
  3. it does not require that the working yarn be nearby;
  4. 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.

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