You should be doing this easy bind-off trick at the end of every project. See the results for yourself below – I think you’ll agree.

Neat Edge: SWEET –>

Messy Edge: MEH –>


This Last Stitch Has Been NeatenedThis Bind Off Has A Messy Last Stitch

This is a simple move to neaten the last stitch of your bind-off every time you finish a project. It’s a little superstar trick that you do at the very end that will square up your edges, especially if your side stitches tend to get stretched-out.

Scroll down to see a video, step-by-step photo instructions, and an animated demo. You can learn this new technique using whatever style of instructions your brain likes best.

Neaten the Last Stitch of your Bind-Off: Video

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Update – many readers have asked what needles I’m using in the video and photos. I’m using my favorites: Signature Needle Arts needles. If you buy some, make sure to get the Stiletto Tip.

Neaten the Last Stitch of your Bind-Off: Step-by-Step Instructions

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Bind off all but last st.
1 st rem on L needle.

Slip 1.

Find left side of loop beneath last st.

Pick up loop and place on R needle.

Slip 2 loops back to L needle.

K2tog.

Bind off 1.

Cut yarn, leaving 6″ tail.

Pull tail through rem loop.

Pull tail tight to finish.


Neaten the Last Stitch of your Bind-Off: Step-by-Step Instructions

Neaten the Last Stitch of your Bind-Off: Animated Demo

Neaten the Last Stitch of your Bind-Off: Animated Demo

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276 thoughts on “How to Neaten the Last Stitch of Your Bind-Off on Flat Knitting”

    1. Loved it….especially loving the animated visual after reading the other….seeing it in practice (animated, that is) made all the pieces appear so fluid… and easy to do…will use this at the end of my bind-offs. Thanks so much

        1. I’ve used this bind off and it looks very, very neat. I’ve just discovered this website and am so glad I did. Wish I’d found it several years ago.

  1. Brilliant! I love all of your videos and I have learned SO much. Thanks tons and tons for opening up a whole new world to me.

  2. Instead of passing the picked up loop over to the right needle and then passing BOTH sts back to the left needle, why not save a step? After slipping the last st to the right needle, pick up that lower loop on the left needle, and go directly to slip the right st back onto the left needle, setting yourself up to do the K2 tog? Love your videos and your teaching style!

    1. I, too, would have noticed that. But do understand why she did that.

      A friend was showing me a stitch on SW and after watching her a few times I asked her why she didn’t leave out that extra poke — she said ‘that’s how it’s done’ – and I said ‘well, I’ll do it without that in/out/back out/back in method.’

      So, to each her/his own, folks.

      TY, Liat, for all you share to help to make us/me better.

  3. Looks like a great way to finish bind off. Will use it next time I come to the cuff of a sock (any day now). Am anxious to see if I can make it look as good as yours. Thanks for the great tip!

    1. Patricia, I’m glad you like it! You may want to wait until I publish the “How to Neaten the Last Stitch of Your Bind-Off for Knitting in the Round” – that’s the tip you’ll want to perfectly finish the cuff of your socks. It will be published in 2 weeks.

      You could also bind off now and then undo the last stitch when the new video comes out.

        1. I love your video’s, make it look so easy I love to watch when you knit, wished I knew how to knit as good as you do. I also wished you would have crotchet tips like you do your knitting. Do you do crochet tips as well as well, if so where do I find it, I love getting e-mail from you, you make it all look like so much fun.

  4. My knitting techniques have improved so much since I have watched your videos! I am so glad I found you! You are the best!!!!!

  5. TerryLee Diemert

    This is a very cool way to bind off, I will sure to be using this stitch. Thank you so much for this little trick.
    TerryLee

  6. Excellent idea and so simple – I am left handed and had no problem with your directions – that last stitch never seems to line up — now it will!!

  7. Great technique! I love all the videos as well. Recently purchased the toe up sock class and I absolutely love it! I never liked using dpn’s but now I am really enjoying knitting socks. So glad that I found your website. Thank you so much!

  8. Wonderful. Thanks! Do you have any suggestions for the bind of on circulars? I usually ‘neaten up’ when weaving in end, but is there a better way?

    1. Hi Dona,

      Yes, I do! The video for how to neaten the last stitch of your bind-off when you’re knitting in the round will be published in 2 weeks, and you’re going to love it!

  9. cynthia robbins

    what a difference. mine always look pulled. i have to manipulate stitches around to make them look a good as the olthers. thanks for the tip.

  10. Thank you I love this! Perfect timing for me too, I’m getting ready to bind off a baby blanket and will give it a try.

  11. I have never liked the “normal” bind off. As you hint it doesn’t look neat. I love this one and will use it. Thnx so much Liat!

  12. Why not just pull the last loop straight up after cutting? The end stitch lines up neatly, you won’t have that last smallish stitch.

  13. Thank you dear Liat that is prettey neat and usefull I like it very much as it is such a good idia looking forward for you next mail
    Lea

  14. Wow!!1 Love it the format of the instructions is great for an old senior like me . This old dog loves learning new tricks Thanks.

  15. I could have used this method last night! I spent an inordinate amount of time threading the tail and weaving in and out of stitches to try to cosmetically ‘fix’ the look of a bind-off that will be visible in the finished sweater. Now I’m considering ripping out the entire bind-off and doing it again. I’m impatiently awaiting your tip for binding off that last stitch in the round!!!!

  16. Thank you for this tip! I’ll will never be unhappy with my “end” BO again.
    It makes such a difference and so nice,etc.

  17. Amazing! Finally I know how to fix that annoying last stitch! Seems like a miracle just happened :-)
    Thank you so very much Liat! I have learned a lot from your videos over the past few years and I wish you much continued success!

  18. Brilliant! I’ve never been happy with the last stitch of a bind-off, it always seemed pointy and odd. Now I have the cure. Thank you!!

    The step-by-step pictures were great, I was able to see exactly what I needed to do. The video was a bit quick, but with the repeat it worked for me.

  19. Very clever. Such a simple solution to the final stitch really improves the finish. Good for you! I sure wish I could knit as quickly as the video knitting…all my projects would be finished this week!

  20. Great Idea! This is one of the great knitting tricks of all time! I will add it to my growing collection. Someday I want to have a class called “Tricks of the Trade!”

  21. Excellent! Just yesterday I finished a project and had that extended look and didn’t like how it looked. Mahalo for sharing that tip!!!

  22. You are the best. It amazes me when you come up with better ways to accomplish things people have been doing for centuries. You rule.

  23. I really like all versions of this, also the animated video. After you have seen the ordinary video, it is very good idea to have very a short version that only shows the most essential part of the longer video, for repetition. But the animated video was a little bit too fast, and the picture too small. But I suppose you will do something about that? Thank you for your enthusiasm and excellent explanations.

  24. Love it. Ill use this from now on and teach it in my classes but I can’t use it for the Master Knitters program. They’re pretty picky. Bev

  25. Linda Patterson

    I love this tip….it will alleviate my frustration with the appearance of the last stitch in my bind-off. Thank you so much for all you helpful tips!!!

  26. Love and have all tour videos. I always prefer a step-by-step, but the animated edition is a welcome addition. Enhances the smooth transition from one step to the other. Would like the animation presentation a bit slower.

  27. I LOVE this method. I’ve always hated the way the last bind-off stitch sticks out in a weird way and have tried to fix it as best as I could with my needle when I sewed in my end. Thanks!

  28. I’ve been doing a “k2tog” for the last 2sts and then passing over the last st on the right needle but this looks like an even neater finish. Thank you.

  29. Great tip…I teach newbies and they tend to have loose edges anyway so this will be great to share.
    like that i can just scan thru the pics and watch quick animated detail- sometimes don’t have time to watch a detailed video.
    thanks

  30. Jennifer Bachman

    Great Tip. Can’t wait to give this a try. A much nicer finish, than the old way. Thanks so much for sharing.

  31. I love the way you have shown how to do this bindoff. I am a visual learner and this is wonderfully helpful for me. I absolutely LOVE the animated demo!!!! Thank you for sharing your wisdom ;)

  32. I like having all three presentation methods at once because together they reinforce the
    the neat finishing trick. If I want to see how it would look if I was knitting at my normal speed, there’s the animated video. If I want to take it slow, I will do the step by step. The video tells me quickly if I want to take the time now or later to learn it. I would use all three methods so I this works for me.

  33. Thank you so much for what you contribute to my leaning to knit and make it look nice. I’ve missed your emails and immediately opened this one today. What a great way to bind off. Thank you, can’t wait to try it.

  34. I will use. Do you have a similar tip for binding off knitting in the round project?

    And do you have a tip on how to make the cast on corner square instead of round. I saw a video years ago but can’t find again. In your little sample for the bind off, notice the left corner as you look at screen is rounded. I hate the way that looks when making scarves. Thanks for all your knitting help!

    1. Good questions, Jane!

      The video for binding off for knitting in the round will be published in 2 weeks. And it’s awesome! (If I do say so myself).
      About making the cast-on corner square instead of round, I’ll have to look for how to solve that. Thanks for the suggestion!

  35. I like the idea of the 3 ways of presenting. My students learn differently and I appreciate being able to give them the options.

  36. Hi Leat, That was great. I have always had a big problem with my last stitch being very big and so making a hole.. This has solved it. thankyou thankyou thankyou. elaine

  37. Thanks, Liat. Another great tip and such a good idea to show it in video, animation and written instruction, suits everybody. Certainly love the simplicity of it!

  38. this is really great and helps me alot. the only thing I could add would be that some of us are older and slower so if you could slow the last few steps down it would be more helpful. thanks again, looking forward to learning more.

  39. I am not an experienced knitter, but have always been unhappy at the end of the bind off when the bind off is shorter width than the rows before the bind off.

    Thank you for your unselfish instructions in knitting!
    Gale

  40. This is the problem in teaching yourself how to knit. You miss great little tricks like this. Thanks — it’s great!

  41. Now I have to knit faster to finish my project so I can give this a try. As always, your directions are great and I REALLY like the short video at the end. Makes it easier to follow what you’re doing step by step. THANKS Sending to all my knitting friends in case they missed it…

  42. This is awesome! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Sharing your expertise, skill, and wisdom inspires this novice knitter to persevere in this often daunting but intoxicating pastime.

  43. Thank you, I like seeing the text and the video. Though the video seemed to be on fast forward so a bit hard for me to follow. looking forward to more tips

  44. You are definitely a blessing to have in every knitters life. Love how you make everything so much easier. Your videos as so well done. Thank you.

  45. Norma Eileen Nichols

    That looks so easy. Will try it real soon. I’m on a shared computer in the senior complex where I live so as soon as I get home I will try it. Thanks for the tip, look forward to many others. Eileen

  46. What a very clever idea! I am going to do this when I bind off my current project. Liat you have the best techniques! Thank-you

  47. I think that your video regarding the last stitch bind off is superb. It definitely makes for a lovely edge. Thanks for sharing, Looking forward to your ebook.

  48. I’ve been fooling with this last stitch for YEARS, trying a different version every time and still not being satisfied with my results. Looks like you really nailed it! Great videos as always, in both formats. Enjoy your emails–instructive and funny.

  49. Individually your tips don’t at first glance appear to be that big a deal. When combined, however, it is the difference between a lovely piece of work and an embarrasing one. I’ve knit for decades on and off and came to you to explore what is new. Instead, I’ve learned so many small essential basics. Thanks for improving my work.

  50. As usual – you are my knitting hero! I’ve always had to fiddle with my last stitch on my bind-off to make it look neater and never quite satisfied with the result. This idea works marvelously. Thank you so much for the clear video and a great new trick to add to my bag of knitting know hows.

  51. All three teaching tools are good for me. The first one provides a clear look at the technique, the demo provides another quick look in case I want to review the steps while actively working on a project, and the written instructions with photos (my last resort)provide instruction that can be read slowly and repetively, if necessary. You are a great teacher!

  52. You are a remarkable teacher. I am so happy to see someone address those little finishing techniques that really bug me about my own knitting! Thanks very much.

  53. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful bind-off instructions, so that we all can continue learning how to improve our knitting techniques. You are an excellent teacher. Your work is much appreciated. I will put them to good use.

  54. After viewing all three methods of instruction, I could tell YOU how to do it! You’re a great teacher, Liat!! Thank you so much for this neat, very practical trick!

    Virginia

  55. Love the trick! So simple yet looks great. I love the animation…especially good for advanced knitters who grasp the concept quickly!!

  56. Great idea! I watched the video and it was super clear and very helpful. I will definitely try this next time I bind off. Thanks.

  57. Thank you. One of my favorite aspects of knitting is the community’s willingness to share tips and advice. Promoting knitting goes a long way to keep the skill from dying out.

  58. Love it, love it, love it! I have learned so much from your videos! You do a fantastic job, thanks for sharing your smarts!

  59. NICE! I like that trick very much! Thank you for sharing it, along with the video animation and written instructions.
    Michele in Brooklyn, NY

  60. What a fabulous trick! I always thought I was doing something wrong when binding off because my end was never squared off. Now I have a great trick to make things look neat. Thank you!

  61. Stupendous!!! You’re a fantastic teacher – clear, concise, great videos. I love that you recognize we all learn differently and accommodate that by teaching in different formats. Wish everyone did that. Thanks so much for your help, and happy knitting.

  62. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! You read my mind!! I was just wondering the other day if you had a video for this very topic!! You rock, Liat!!

  63. I’m new to your info and finding your demos and explanations invaluable. In answer to your question, it’s great to offer all types of approach – accommodates all learning styles and reaches more knitters!!! Thanks so much for all of this.

  64. This is a very neat bind off” thanks so much for sharing with us. I love your vidios as I learn so much from them. and I very much appreciate that you offer so many of them free. I have purchased your magic loop video and one of these days hope to get that down to make hats. right now I am trying to find nice easy shawl patterns ” I am used to scarf patterns that go row by row and the way a lot of the shawl patterns are worded it sounds like they are worked in different sections. Hopefully I will be able to figure this out too. this is something I don’t seem to find a lot of vidios on. sorry didn’t mean to get so carried away. thanks again for this neat technique.

  65. This is interesting. You did your usual great job of documenting everything. I just might have to knit up a swatch and give this a try!

  66. Thank you so much for the step be step written instructions.
    I can print them out and keep them with me anytime and anywhere.

    The only service we get here is dial up and videos are impossible to watch.
    They skip, stutter and freeze all the time.

    I greatly appreciate the written step by step directions.
    Many, many thanks for this great bind off help.
    You are teaching this old dog many new tricks.
    Dee

  67. Great tip, as usual. How simple, yet I never thought of figuring out a neater way to bind off. Thank you! It’s nice to hear from you again!

  68. Great to hear from you again. Wonderful tip. Thank you. It’s the finishing that gives hand knits a professional look which I strive for and need all the help I can get.

  69. Clayton McDaniel

    I like how you use the multiple formats- many “instructors” seem to be more interested in showing how fast they can do something rather than communicating exactly how it’s done, or they make a video and spend ten minutes waving their hands around and talking but not doing anything, or they don’t bother reviewing it after it’s done so they don’t catch the blurring or that half of what they’re trying to show is off-camera. The repeating animation is a big help too- it’s easier for the brain to catch something it missed because the repeat comes right back around. And all your little tricks are a gold mine. Thanks for all your hard work trying to make it easier for us beginners!

    1. Clayton, your comment made me laugh – THANK YOU for underscoring the reason why it’s so important to focus on what’s better for the STUDENT, not for the instructor! You have totally justified why I’ve spent so much time on this coming ebook. Hugs!

  70. Thank you for the directions; they are nice and clear. I always prefer illustrated step by step directions instead of video, so I can file them in an organized notebook and refer to them without having to look at my computer.

  71. Fantastick! I love it and will use this technique tonight. Now if only I could get the first stitch in casting on to look as neat. I always have a big loop hanging there when I first cast on.

  72. Milda Stechyshyn

    What a terrific and very straightforward idea! Thank you! I’ve always struggled trying to make my cast-off as neat as possible and rarely succeeded. You always make things look so simple!

  73. This is a really good thing to know. I’m gonna really enjoy using this trick. How did you get so smart with your hair so short?

  74. i wish i’d seen this a couple weeks ago when i finished a scarf with the meh bind-off. the step by step and video were great – the animated was fine after watching the video – the video is slower paced and very easy to follow – the animated was easier to follow after the video and i saw the flow in almost slo mo. thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.

  75. WOW! thanks liat, that sure makes a big difference, can’t wait for the bind off knitting in the round. You are such a wonderful help.
    Judy

  76. How great is that?? Thanks so much for your time and effort in finding and sending this tip to us, and for free, too! Your instructions are always so easily understood.

  77. I love this!! I usually block the heck out of my corners to square them up – pinning and praying that they stay that way. This is absolutely brilliant! Thanks so much for all your tips and tricks, they’ve made my knitting life a joy!

  78. Great tip! I’ve always been annoyed at how my bind-off looks, so this is perfect. The step-by-step instructions with the animation are excellent. It’s great to see it over and over again – exactly what I need when learning something new. I like the videos, too. I love listening to your voice. Very soothing.

  79. Thanks for all of your great research and videos! Every detail you provide helps make my knitting look more professional! Michele

  80. I really did like your video Liat. I have learned magic loop and continental knitting from you. I love all your videos. Can’t wait to try this one.

  81. Mary Kaye Thrift

    Super! Learned a lot! It makes all the difference in the world. Picked up the trick quickly with this double format. Got the idea, and then perfected with the video… checked my accuracy understanding. Thanks! Great idea! :-)

  82. I learn much better from the step-by-step guide than from a video. Then it gets good reinforcement from the animated view beneath the step-by-step. I liked having both of them. So often I can’t get the picture on the video, so don’t care for that. Just the voice doesn’t tell me much.

  83. So good to hear from you, I have been wondering what you were up to. Thank you so much for just this one very helpful video, I have struggled with that edge forever, I can hardly wait to try it out. I’m so looking forward to the rest of the series. I have probably said this before but it bears repeating, your instructions are the best, they are so easy to follow and I find myself using so much of what you have shown. Thanks again and please keep them coming.

    1. Mary, I’ll send out a blog post soon (after this ebook launches) that describes what I’ve been up to, but basically I’ve been designing and creating a wonderful new site for KnitFreedom that solves all the problems my readers experience.

      It’s been so hard! But we are very close to launching the new site now, and hopefully I can get back to devoting my time to finding and publishing knitting tips, instead of designing websites!

  84. I’ve been knitting for decades but I never managed to cast off that last stitch neatly. I always had to hide it when sewing up. I can’t believe the elegant simplicity of this solution. This just goes to show how much better we can do when we share knowledge with one another.

  85. lyndell netherton

    I really appreciate your videos and instructions everything is always so clear and makes sense!!. how do you come up with this stuff? looking forward to the bind off in the round lesson. I try so hard to work in the round as I hate seaming. thank you so much for your wonderful instruction.

  86. Love your solution and demos. Video is my choice. But nice to see a choice for all types of folks. I’ve been told “just pick up” the stitch below” but my attempts didn’t produce a nice finish. Now I know how to do it right.

  87. Love this technique. All three methods of instruction are great, but I guess the Step-by-Step is my fav as I can print and file it or take it along to places with no internet access. Thank you for the trick.

  88. Excellent job!! Love the written out instructions followed by the video it puts everything into perspective. Very easy to follow. Thanks so much!

  89. LOVE your posts, videos and instructions! Sometimes I get tired of reading and trying to visualize the instructions. The videos are so helpful when my mind is weak!

  90. Hi, Thank you so much for this post, I have always hated the way my cast off looks, now with this simple step it will look much neater, you’re a genius.
    I love the new look, the step by step instructions with photos help me with the way I learn things, I especially like the little video of you actually doing it, a lot of people need visual teaching to help with understanding the steps and I am one of those so once again, thank you for being a very generous genius.

    1. Thank you Claire! I’m so glad to know these methods are helpful to you. Even though it takes longer to make them, I’m happy doing it because I know it’s going to make things easier for my students.

  91. Love the animated demo!!! Also the technique, thank you! I will use that technique the next time I end a bind off that way.

  92. Thanks Liat. Fantastic tip and easy to follow instructions. You are a knitting genius! I look forward to the new bind off book.

  93. I guess I better tell you that I love it too! Can’t wait to see your video on doing it in the round. I did that last night and still used this one, and it still helped, but I’m sure your other trick will make it look even better! Okay I’m waiting for it! I also love how you have the video, that step-by-step directions, and then the animation at the end!

  94. Kendra Williams

    You come up with the simplest, smartest approaches, once again making me slap my forehead, “DUH!” I’ve always ‘fixed’ that ugly corner when weaving in the tail; your approach is so much better. Love the videos and the way you’ve done the step-by-step instructions. Can’t wait to see the total bind-offs video. As always, Thanks!

  95. Fabulous! Never too late to learn – just hope to remember this when actually knitting.

    Do you have a ‘bind off’ for getting off the computer?

  96. I love your tips! I’ve been knitting for over 60 years and I’m still learning new tricks like this bind-off one. I think that’s what keeps me interested…there’s always something new to learn no matter how accomplished you think you are. ;-)

  97. crafty grandma Tremblay

    Like others, I too was about to bind off a never ending afghan that I am knitting for my son’s bed when you popped into my emails! Looks great!! Mom would have been soooo proud of me!! Love your tutorials especially when you show it so close that you can actually see it!! Have pinned the link to Pinterest, if that is ok with you.

  98. Please put page brakes at a point in the picture tutorial so it can be copied.
    Most of us are from “the old school” and want a hard copy to work from.
    I get these wonderful knitting tips from you but can’t copy them to share with my knitting group.
    Thanks for your tips and consideration.

    1. Bettie, I’m so glad you want to share these with your knitting group. I hope you can be patient with me as I have just started doing these photo tutorials and they are quite difficult to put together. It’s even harder to make them come out correctly on the site. When I switch over to my wonderful new site, there will be page breaks and the images won’t be these crazy long graphics.

  99. Love your videos as always, Liat! I really like the addition of the animated video at the end – but could I ask that you make it just a tad bit slower?

  100. Oh my gosh Liat! This looks awesome! I can’t wait to try this. I’m making a baby blanket (that is taking FOREVER!) and I’m getting towards the end so it’ll be a great chance to try this out. I’m so excited that you’re coming out with a bind-off book! It’s going to be a great counterpart to your awesome cast-on book! Woot woot!!!

    Happy Knitting!
    Heather D.

  101. I really like your tutorials, but I don’t know if I will buy the book as reading the instructions just isn’t the way I can learn. I need to see it in action, with your verbal instructions. Couldn’t you do a DVD book instead? Something I could order for my kindle?
    Love your videos, my go-to place for learning. The Pink Lady is my 2nd choice.

  102. Just had the opportunity to try this while binding off the sleeve of a sweater. It looks beautiful!!! I almost wish it wasn’t going to get buried by being sewn to the sweater back :-). Liat, I have finally had time to delve into knitting again and it’s been wonderful to have all your patterns and tutorials just waiting to welcome me back. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    1. Thank you Ellen! I’ve been so busy designing and building the new KnitFreedom website that I, too, have had scant time to knit.

      You and I are both delving back in at the same time, and I’m so happy to know that you are enjoying my patterns and the tips and tricks.

      Thank you for commenting! It’s really nice to hear from my readers, even if it’s every once in a while. :)

    1. Hi Erin,

      I don’t think so! I would leave the yarn to the front when slipping the stitch over, and then purl the two loops together. I think it will come out just as neat. Give it a try and let me know!

  103. I really liked the duality of the step by step instructions and video on the loop. It made it easy to understand then check the process.
    The tip works too :)

  104. Liat,this is the first time I have not had a stitch hanging over after binding off!!! Thanks for the great video and all your tips . MaryAnn

  105. Thank you so much for the bind off tip in flat knitting. Terrific idea! I’, just finishing the Einstein coat and wish I would have had it at the beginning!

  106. I tried to copy this for my Notebook, but can not get steps 6-finish. It should be on page 4, but it skips to the video. What am I doing wrong?
    Alvina

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