How to Cast Off in Knitting

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    Casting off, also referred to as binding off, creates an edge to your knitting that will not unravel. The following is the most common method of casting off stitches. Casting off is the final step to nearly all knitting projects, and gives your knitting a finalized look. After learning how to do this you should see an increased quality of your knitting.

    Things You'll Need

    • Tapestry Needles
    • Knitting Patterns
    • Measuring Tapes
    • Yarns
    • Knitting Needles
    • Small Scissors

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    Refer to your knitting pattern to determine the number of stitches to be cast off. This number will depend on the type of piece you are knitting.

    Knit two stitches. There will now be two stitches on your right needle.

    Insert your left needle into the first stitch you knitted onto the right needle.

    Pull your left needle up and to the left so that the first stitch is pulled over the second and off the tip of the right needle. One stitch remains on the right needle and one stitch is now cast off.

    Knit another stitch. Once again, there are two stitches on your right needle.

    Repeat steps 3 to 5 until all stitches are cast off.

    Thread excess yarn onto a tapestry needle and weave approximately 2 to 3 inches into the edge of the knitted piece. Cut excess yarn.

    • Keep stitches loose and consistent to prevent edge from looking too tightly knitted. Use a needle that is one size larger than the one you used to knit your piece, if necessary.
    • Keep your hands, arms and shoulders relaxed as you are knitting. This will help you keep the tension of your stitches consistent.