A great technique for finishing sweaters shoulders is the three-needle bind-off.
However, this can be a little intimidating! Yes, it uses three needles instead of the usual two – but other than that, it’s a pretty straightforward bind-off.
Why You Should Learn The Three-Needle Bind-Off
- It’s faster than Kitchener or mattress stitch
- It’s stronger and sturdier than a regular bind-off
- You don’t have to use a tapestry needle or a mental mantra to get through it
Also, a surprising number of non-sweater projects call for the three-needle bind-off (1,933 on Ravelry, to be exact) – most notably the adorable stuffed monsters by Rebecca Danger, and “Grove,”by Jared Flood. Ready to be able to master these projects?
Keep These Tips In Mind For The 3-Needle Bind-Off
- Use a smaller needle for your third needle
- Remember to turn your knitting wrong-side out
- Push your next stitches to the very tips of your needles
Ready to see how it’s done? Make a sample Magic-Loop tube, or knit two flat swatches, and practice along with me:
You can see that once you get the hang of this, it is an ideal way to quickly seam up project like sweater shoulders and stuffed animals, that need to have secure seams.
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