Grandma’s Favorite Bind Off (Loose Bind Off)

Try this simple bind off that is perfect for scarves, afghans, neck edges and curved pieces. Makes a nice crochet-like edge to aid in seaming.

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  1. jill hicks
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Thank you so very much, maybe now I can start my cal. I am making a turquoise shawlet!

  2. Posted December 3, 2011 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    I’ve just lately began a blog, the information you present on this site has helped me tremendously. Thank you for your entire time & work.

  3. Annie
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Can you please recommend a cast on that complements this bind off in elasticity and edge? Thank you so much for all your videos!

  4. Posted February 2, 2012 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Try the Crochet Cast On – see my video for a demo. The edge is very similar to Grandma’s Favorite Bind Off. This cast on, when done in a waste yarn, becomes the Provisional Cast On.

  5. Posted August 1, 2012 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    This is beautiful! Very clear instructions.

  6. Posted August 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    You are most welcome!

  7. Stephanie
    Posted August 11, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Can you use this bind off anytime? (unless the pattern cals for another)

  8. Posted August 13, 2012 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    There are dozens of bind offs and all have specific properties making them suitable for certain situations. This bind off is a looser bind off and may be used any time you see fit. If you need a firm bind off you may want to try the standard bind off. So many knitting techniques, so little time!

  9. Camille
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    First of all, thanks for a great website! I’ve learned SO much from watching your great videos. My question is what, if any, special instructions you can provide for dealing with the last stitch with this bind off for a project knit in the round? I want to make sure that the connection point is smooth and even, and also want to make sure that the tail is secure and not subject to coming loose. Thanks for any recommendations!

  10. Posted February 26, 2013 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    When you have one stitch left on the needle, elongate this stitch to make a large loop. Pull the tail through this loop firmly and you will have a secure end to your bind off.

  11. Judy
    Posted May 26, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Could grandmas favorite bind off be used for a afghan border done in seed stich. It says to bind off loosely? Thanks

  12. Posted May 27, 2013 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    I would prefer to bind off in pattern (see my video with that title). This will be somewhat loose due to the nature of seed stitch. However, if you feel you are a knitter who binds off tightly try using a needle 1 or 2 sizes larger to prevent a tight edge.

  13. Cathy
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Thank you!!!! I was struggling to find a bind off for a wool shawl that had slightly curving triangle bases along the bottom edge. Nothing seemed to work. This one did!

  14. Posted February 12, 2014 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    I’m glad I could help:)

  15. L. Friedman
    Posted July 22, 2017 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Does this go with the long tail cast on?
    If not, what bind do you recommend. This is for garter stitch scarf, knit longways.

  16. Posted July 28, 2017 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    This creates a purl bind off. It looks very nice on garter.

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