The Invisible Ribbed Bind Off For 1×1 Rib

I’m almost done putting my toe-up socks video e-book together, and I wanted to give you a sneak peek of my favorite technique:

The stretchy, hemmed-edge invisible ribbed bind-off.

Invisible Ribbed Bind-Off shown on a toe-up sock
You need a stretchy bind-off so you can get your foot into your toe-up sock. Watch the complete video tutorial for binding off two toe-up socks…. and go forth and bind off!

Here’s how to do it (written instructions below the video:

Video

To do the invisible ribbed bind-off, cut a long tail of at least 6 times the circumference of the project you want to bind off. Thread the tail on a tapestry needle.

Set-Up:
- go purlwise into stitch 1 (the stitch closest to the needle-tip)
- go knitwise FROM THE BACK into stitch 2.

Identify stitches 1, 2, 3, and 4. These labels do not change until you finish the repeat.

Repeat:
1) go knitwise into stitch 1, remove stitch from needle
2) go purlwise into stitch 3
3) go purlwise into stitch 2, remove stitch from needle
4) go knitwise FROM THE BACK into stitch 4

An easy mantra to repeat:
1) knit off purl,
2) purl off knit

Here’s an illustration of the steps of the invisible ribbed bind off that has proved to be really helpful for some of my students.

invisible ribbed bind-off illustration

Related Tutorial: How To Do The Invisible Ribbed Bind Off For 2×2 Rib
Related Patterns: Free Toe-Up Sock Patterns

If this invisible ribbed bind off tutorial was helpful, please post in the comments!

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16 Responses to The Invisible Ribbed Bind Off For 1×1 Rib

  1. Mary says:

    The combination of the video and the handout made this incredibly easy to understand! This was exactly what I needed to finish off some wrist warmers that had ribbing at the top. Thank you so much!!

  2. elizabeth says:

    this is great! do you know if there is a similar bindoff for 2×2 ribbing? thanks

  3. Latona says:

    Thank you so much! I just made my first pair of socks & I think I may be a sockaholic now, lol! You’re tutorial Toe-Up Socks helped me so much. I couldn’t have done it without you. I’ve tried other classes, books, etc without accomplishing the task. But this tutorial somehow succeeded in helping me when all others have failed. Once again, thanks so much!! :)

    • liatmgat says:

      Hi Latona –

      Thank you so much for your wonderful message! I am SO glad that the tutorial was helpful for you. :)

      And the world can always use another sockaholic!

  4. tamara says:

    Thank you, thank you so much! its really good video!!!

  5. giulia says:

    great video about invisible bind off, i have a problem, my bind off edge
    first stitch is a purl not a knit as shown in your video, how do i
    bind off ? thanks
    Giulia

    • Liat Gat says:

      Thanks, Giulia!

      If you have to start with a purl stitch, set up the stitches like this:
      Go into the first purl stitch knitwise, then go into the next (knit) stitch purlwise from the front.

      Then, bind off the first stitch like this:
      Purl off, then go knitwise into the next purl stitch from the back.

      After that you can start the sequence like normal, starting with a knit stitch on the front, and following the sequence in the video:
      knit off purl, purl off knit.

      I hope this helps!

  6. Pam G says:

    Thanks Liat.

  7. Liat,
    Thanks so much for taking the time to make these wonderful videos. I found the drawing very helpful for keeping me on track for first and second stitches. The little heart and bead columns for the knits and purls are wonderful representations.

  8. BilbosOreo says:

    Thank you so much, Liat, for this very easy to understand tutorial! I’m working on my first sweater project, a hoodie for my granddaughter and you save the day for me! You are a natural teacher, and I love the soothing sound of your voice as you’re directing us through it all. It really helped me to not be stressed out about what at first seemed too advanced for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  9. Jean Johnson says:

    I have used this bind off now on 2 pair of socks. I always refer to your video and the printed instructions. Thank you so much for all your videos and tips. You have made knitting fun and I have learned so much. Still waiting to start a sweater and checking your emails about what we should be aware of before tackling such a large endeavor.

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