How to Cast Off Knitting Stitches

Now that your knitting project is finished, you're going to need to cast off knitting stitches to finish up and it's quite simple too.

Binding off is a way to take the live stitches off your needle, create a nice finished edge and stops the stitches from unraveling.

In knitting, cast off and bind off  both mean the same thing which is safely and securely taking the live stitches off the needle.

Oh and casting off stitches also means...

  1. It's almost time to start a brand new knitting project.
  2. And go shopping for some more knitting yarn.
  3. And check out all the patterns you want to try and ..'s just fun and exciting when you're finishing up a knitting project.

For one thing I get to give it to someone special or I get to use it myself and enjoy it.

But first...

 I just want to admire it for awhile.

The most important thing to remember when you're casting off in knitting is, not too tight. Something I'm not very good at doing myself. I'm a tight knitter.

You see if you bind off knitting too tightly you will find that it kind of puckers and doesn't really drape very well so try to keep it loose.

Here's how to cast off knitting stitches

To begin casting off stitches, start by knitting two stitches.

With your left needle catch the first stitch you knit on the right needle (the bottom one) and take it over the second stitch (the top one) kind of like you're leap frogging.

Then just let the stitch fall.

Knit another stitch and then leap frog the stitch on your right needle again. Keep on casting off stitches this way until you have one stitch left.

Leave about six inches or so and cut the yarn. Bring the yarn completely through the loop.

All you do now is pull it snug.

Here are two videos demonstrating the casting off technique I just showed you. One is English knitting method and the other is Continental.


Bind off Knitting Video - English Style

Bind Off Knitting Video - Continental Style

How does it feel to finish your first project?

Really great I bet.

Maybe it's time for a cup of tea.

While You're Sipping on Your Cuppa...

You might like to check out my bind off knitting tips page.  One thing that I even notice on my pictures is that the bind off looks a little tight.  Check out this page for some extra help in keeping your stitches looser.  I'll join you.

Cast off knitting stitches to knitting instructions


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