An All-Purpose Stretchy Bind-Off: The Yarnover Bind-Off

Cat doing a really big stretch

It’s SO stretchy!!

Here is an easy stretchy bind-off for you: the yarnover bind-off.

I highly recommend you work along with the video so you have this bind-off at your disposal next time you need a nice even edge that stretches and lays flat even on Stockinette stitch.

This technique works great on toe-up socks or on top-down hats or sweaters – anything where you need a stretchy bound-off edge on a cuff.

Here is how to do it (written instructions below the video):

Video

Abbreviations:

pso – pass stitch over

Instructions:

yo, k1, pso, *yo, k1, pso, pso, rep from * to end.

Related Tutorials:

If you liked this yarnover bind-off video, post in the comments!

About Liat Gat

Liat is the founder and video knitting expert at KNITFreedom. If you liked this article, you'll love the tips you learn from her FREE video newsletter. Get it now by subscribing here.
This entry was posted in Bind-Offs, Knitting Techniques. Bookmark the permalink.

31 Responses to An All-Purpose Stretchy Bind-Off: The Yarnover Bind-Off

  1. Pamela says:

    This is great! Thank you! Just shared it with my knit group on facebook. Thank you thank you!!

    • liatmgat says:

      You are so welcome! I am so excited that you decided to to share the video with your knitting group. :)

    • Maureen May says:

      Wonderful! At last a clear video to follow and easy instructions to write out oneself to keep with your knitting. Thank you so mcuh.
      The English version is exactly what I needed.

  2. Esther says:

    Love this bind-off! Going to teach my mother this way … she taught me when I was young, now I can teach her things … love to share, but know so few that knit! Thank you for all these great videos!!! XXX

  3. Julia Mason says:

    I found anther stretchy bind off. You knit the first stitch (Or Purl if needed), then knit the next stitch as to whether it is knit or purl. If it is purl put the tip of the left needle into the back legs of both stitches on right needle, and purl the stitches together. Then if next stitch is knit, Knit and put the left needle tip into the front legs of both stitches and knit both together. By following theses steps ribbing and can be bound off and it be really stretchy.

    • liatmgat says:

      Cool, I will try this! Does this bind-off have a name? Where did you find it? Did you make it up? If I like it I may want to make a video, but would love to credit the right person. Thanks!

  4. Julia Mason says:

    Liat, I don’t remember who the credit goes to for that stretchy cast off, but I am sure it was on YouTube . I just put stretchy bind off up in the search box on YouTube when I couldn’t master Jenny’s stretchy castoff. That was one of the video’s I watched.

  5. Nicole says:

    This is a very easy way to bind off in ribbing. Thank you so much. I saw another way that was on your site but very hard to follow.

  6. Renna says:

    I didn’t know, or had forgotten that you had this video. I just watched two other videos on youtube demonstrating Jeny’s Suprisingly Stretchy bind-off. My brain/learning style needs slower demonstrations than they offered. It didn’t help that neither of them demonstrated it in the English style knitter version. I kept pausing, rewinding, repeating, and I just couldn’t get it. I was so thrilled to see that you had done a video on this, too. NOW, I get it! ;-)

    Now if I can just get the purl part down.

    • Liat Gat says:

      Hi Renna, yay! I’m so happy my video was exactly what you needed!!! It’s not exactly “Jeny’s surprisingly-stretchy bind-off,” or else it would be easier to find on Google :P
      Jeny actually contacted me and was like, “Uh, that is the yarnover bindoff, not my bindoff,” so I had to change the title.

      I’ll get an official video demonstrating the REAL Jeny’s surprisingly-stretchy bind-off up soon!

      • Renna says:

        I did come to realize, after watching the ‘stretchy’ one again, that there was a difference, but they both seemed to produce a similar result, and your video was much easier for me to follow, so I went with your ‘yarnover’ one. :-)

  7. Judy Staroska says:

    Loved this bind off. Mine usually come out either too tight or very raggedy looking. This will simplify things. I have been doing the Russian bind off, but it is not always the right look. Thank you very much. Love getting your emails with all the great help. Thanks !!

    • Liat Gat says:

      Judy, I’m so glad this bind-off has found a place in your knitting repertoire. It’s nice and flat, simple to do, and stretchy. I’m really happy with it too – especially because it’s also easy to UNdo – much more so than the invisible ribbed bind-off.

      • Renna says:

        Yes, I found that out! I’m used to going up a couple of needle sizes when I bind off, and automatically did so when I tried this bind off on a sock. It resulted in a way-too-loose edging. Realizing then (duh!) that with this stretchy bind-off, it wasn’t necessary to increase my needle size, I began the dreaded process of un-binding off. I was very pleased at how easy it was to do!

  8. Leslie says:

    I love your site so much and the tutorials couldn’t be easier! With any luck , I will teach myself how to knit continental but old habits are hard to break. LOL. Merci, grazie, gracias, arigato and obrigado. :O)

  9. Gail says:

    Thanks, Liat. Someone told me a while back how to do a stretchy bindoff, but it was more complicated than this. Still trying to master Continental. Maybe I’m too old a dog to be taught new tricks?

    • Liat Gat says:

      Certainly not! Did you try this bind-off? How did it go? I know you can do this one if you just take it one step at a time. I demonstrate the bind-off American AND Continental style, so just go with whatever feels more comfortable right now.

      And we’re totally here to help you with Continental knitting. Just search the forum for Continental and you will find tons of tips, or start your own thread and ask about whatever you’re struggling with. Together we will get you learning many new tricks! Just be patient with yourself and keep asking for help when you get stuck.

  10. Kim says:

    Liat-you absolutely amaze me-one h e double hockey sticks of an informative, talented, generous, coach, and yes cheerleader for so many of us .I am starting my first sweater in years also the first “Aran sweater” ever can’t read the pattern, not able to comprehend much with written info-so i left it, doing swatches, needed a stretchy “bind off” so will try after “swiping” aka texting this message to you- i love the comment section -wish there was a video of the pattern knit but know that is just to much to wish for,.i do appreciate you and allwho do their videos like this one not sure i could have reconnected with knit/crochet if not for all the video effects thanks cheers to you

  11. Angie Vaden says:

    Thank you for your instructions. Your video is great. I am always inspired by how generous knitters can be.

  12. Christina says:

    I just finished my third project. My first pair of toe up socks. I really like this stretchy bind off. Next I’m going to make a pair of socks for my 10 yr old son. I will be trying two at a time. Thank you so much for your instruction and videos. I just started knitting less than 3 months ago:)

  13. J. Mitchell says:

    Thanks for the video. It is very helpful. One thing, there is no such thing as American style, throwing with the right hand is English (British). It probably got the American moniker because it is widely used in the U.S.

  14. Pingback: Feather and Fan: Beginner Lace Pattern For Summer

  15. charlotte says:

    Thank you, this bind off saved my fingerless glove. All the other techniques were not working for me. Thanks!

  16. Debbie Orpin says:

    I couldn’t find the sew off bind-off of yours that I printed out years ago. I always
    had trouble keeping track of where I was using that bind off. This I can remember!
    Thank you so much!!!

  17. Pingback: Instructional Videos | Knit2Give

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title="" rel=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>