So, in preparing for the upcoming release of my new pattern Coquelicot, I wanted to make a how-to on the special stretchy bind-off I used.

The border of the shawl is a lovely scalloped edge which reminds me of small flower petals. But beware as this can only be achieved be doing a very stretchy bind-off. More importantly, I have found that if the bind-off isn’t elastic enough, the edge stays straight and won’t block right!

Coquelicot

 

So without further ado, this is how it’s done:

Start by knitting two stitches.

Knit two

Then, slip these two stitches back to the left needle, purl wise.

Slip stitches back

And knit them together through the back loop.

Knit two through the back loop

Finally, knit one and repeat from the “slipping the stitches back on the left needle” part.

That’s it! Easy, right?

You have now successfully done a stretchy bind-off. And in case you’re not sure you’ve done it right, here’s what it’s supposed to look like.

Stretchy bind off

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning this neat technique and stay tuned for the upcoming release of Coquelicot!

  • What a lovely shawl. I look forward to its release.

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  • Audrey

    Thank you for the how-to! This bind-off has just the combination of stretch & appearance that I’ve been looking for (and I’ve been looking a lot!) Your shawl is beautiful as well.