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How to Cast Off

Hooray for you! You've completed all your stitches and now it's time to stop knitting. What? You don't know how to stop? Relax, you've come this far—the rest is easy. . .


  • Step 1: Knit first stitch Knit the first stitch, just like you were starting another row.
  • TIP: If your project was knitted with purl stitches, continue knitting with the purl stitch to cast off.
  • Step 2: Knit second stitch Knit the second stitch, just like you were continuing another row. Now STOP; this is where the cast off -- or "bind off" -- happens.
  • Step 3: Insert needle Insert your left needle into the first stitch--the one on the bottom of your right needle.
  • Step 4: Leap frog stitch Your needles, with the left one on top, are now making an "X" held together by a loop of yarn. Slide the loop up and over the tip of the right needle, so it "leap frogs" the second stitch.
  • Step 5: Withdraw left needle Withdraw the left needle from that stitch. Now there's one stitch left on your right needle.
  • Step 6: Knit another stitch Knit another stitch so that once again there are two stitches on your right needle.
  • Step 7: Repeats steps Repeat Steps 2 through 4 until you have cast off all stitches. Only 1 stitch should remains on your right hand needle.
  • TIP: Remember, you're repeating a pattern where you have 2 regular knit stitches on your right needle, you get rid of 1, replace it with another, get rid of 1, replace it with another, and so on. 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1. . .
  • Step 8: Cut off yarn Cut off the yarn, leaving about 6 inches extra.
  • Step 9: Knot & slide out needle Pull the right end through the loop remaining on the needle, tighten it against the needle, then slide the needle out. Push the knot tightly against the completed project.
  • Step 10: Use yarn needle Use a yarn needle to weave the loose yarn into the edge stitches, cut off any excess, and you're done!
  • FACT: The world record for speed knitting by hand is 118 stitches per minute--a home knitting machine averages 600 to 1200 stitches per minute.

You Will Need

  • Your knitting project
  • A pair of scissors
  • And a yarn needle

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