Lesson 5: Binding off and weaving in the ends!
So I know you have been diligently knitting away and now are wondering… how on earth do I finish this off? As with much of knitting, there are many different ways to bind off, but I tend to resort to a pretty basic method, time and time again.
Knit two stitches in pattern (in this case, knit one, purl one), and with yarn in back, slip the first stitch over the second (insert needle in front). Knit another stitch in pattern, with yarn in back, slip the previous stitch over the last stitch knit. You will essentially be working with only two stitches at any given point.
Please note: This is not the most stretchy of bind offs, you will want to make sure you are not knitting too tightly to make sure its not too snug.
After you have bound off a bunch of stitches, your work should look a little like this:
Continuing binding off until you reach your last single stitch on the needle, cut your yarn leaving about 6-8″ and pull the end through the last stitch/loop. You will have a bit of a gap, but we close that up when weaving in our ends.
Using a darning needle (big eye for yarn to go through, dull tip to avoid poking yourself and splitting your yarn), carefully insert your needle through the first stitch you bound off, going under both legs of the “V”.
Pull your needle and yarn all of the way through and then insert needle in the middle of the “V” of the last stitch bound off. Go through the top to bottom (reverse of how it looked when you originally pulled your tail through the last stitch)
This will make it look like a stitch between the two to give a nicely polished look.
With the remaining tail, on the inside of your work, carefully weave the end in, tucking it under one stitch at a time. I am paranoid about this, so I constantly flip my work over to make sure you can’t see the stitch on the other side. It works best if not in a straight line.
You will occasionally see the ends pop out a little after you start using your item, not too worry! That is why we suggest a good 4-6″ of actual yarn woven in. Simply snip the teeny end and go about with business!
I will share the finished photos with you in our next lesson and show why blocking is almost always better than not blocking!
Coming up: Lesson 6: Blocking! Before and After.