Advanced Knitting: Three-Needle Bind-Offs

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In knitting, three-needle bind-offs are great techniques for joining shoulder seams. Try knitting a three-needle bind-off with tips from a knitting teacher in this free video on hand crafting.

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There's a great technique for joining shoulder seams or any two seams where you're given even number stitches called the three needle bind-off. And it's far less intimidating than it sounds. Say we have a shoulder and you have equal number stitches on your needles on your front and your back. You need three needles for this as the name shows you. So you've got your two stitches with the right sides facing together. You're going to take your third needle and insert it into the fronts of both stitches like a normal knit stitch, and you're going to knit those two together. So you have one stitch. Take those old stitches off. I've got one stitch on my right needle. Now I'm going to knit the next two stitches together. Now I've got two stitches. I'm going to take one of the needle tips and pull the yarn over like a regular bind-off. Now I'm going to knit the next two stitches together, pull them off, leapfrog that one over and you can see I'm closing my seam by knitting it together. Knit the next two together. I've got now two stitches on my needle. Pull that over. And when you turn it over, you can see that that stitch is getting knit close and you have a nice, seamless closing of your shoulder that you were able to knit shut.

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