In this post, you will learn how to cast off in knitting.
No matter what you are making, from an easy baby blanket to a complicated sweater, you will need to cast off.
Is Bind Off The Same As Cast Off?
In any knitting pattern that you follow, when you have finished that last row, the pattern will tell you to bind off or cast off.
This has the same meaning.
You can knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches, just as you were working in the main pattern.
When you cast off the stitches you do so with whatever stitch you were using.
Cast Off Meaning
This is another essential to know as a beginner knitter, how to cast off (also known as binding off) your work.
- To cast off stitches, start by knitting two stitches.
- With your left needle select the first stitch you knit on the right needle (the bottom one) and pull it over the second stitch (the top one).
- Repeat this until you have no stitches left and you will have a neat edge along your work.
- Casting off is a way to take the working stitches off your needle, to create a nice finished edge and stop the stitches from unravelling.
How Do You Cast Off In Knitting?
You will see a step by step photo tutorial below and a video tutorial.
To practice, you will need a pair of knitting needles and yarn (in this tutorial I use super bulky yarn and 9mm/US13 needles).
You will also need a knitted swatch in garter stitch around 4×4 inches (10x10cm) ready to cast off.
You can view the video tutorial on my YouTube channel here.
Time needed: 1 hour and 20 minutes.
How To Cast Off Knitting
- Step 1 – Start by knitting (or purling) the first two stitches on your row.
(or whatever stitches you were working with – you follow the same stitch pattern).
- Step 2 – Pull the first stitch over the second
When you have the two knitted stitches on your right-hand needle, use the tip of the right-hand needle to pull the first stitch that was knit over the second stitch and over the top of the right-hand needle.
- Step 3 – Slide the stitch off the left-hand needle.
Slide that stitch off the left hand needle so that you are left with one stitch.
- Step 4 – One stitch left to work with
This will leave you with one stitch (the second stitch that you knit) on the right-hand needle.
- Step 5 – Work into the next stitch on the right hand needle.
Knit (or purl) the next stitch and repeat the process of step 2.
Do this until you have no stitches on the left-hand needle and one stitch on the right-hand needle.
Take the right-hand needle out of that stitch.
Continue to repeat this method until one stitch remains.
- Step 6 – Secure the end when you have finished casting off.
Once you have cast off your last stitch, cut your yarn so that you have a few inches of the tail or longer tail if needed for stitching up any seams.
Place the yarn through the loop and pull tight.
This secures the yarn so that the stitches will not come out.
Weave in the loose end with a darning needle or use to seam.
More Cast Off Knitting Methods
There are also many other ways to cast off, like the stretchy cast-off, the Icelandic bind off and more.
If you would like to try another bind-off method, check out this post – Cast off Knitting Methods.