Knitting Scarves: Tie Off

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Finish a knitted scarf by tying off the loose threads. Learn to tie off a scarf with expert tips from a knitting instructor in this free video about how to knit.

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Video Transcript

Okay, so now we're going to pretend we've finished our lovely first scarf. Even though it's only about two inches long. And you're going to learn how to bind off. Which is the equivalent of closing your scarf stitches. Or any stitches that you're working. So you start out by knitting your first two stitches. Just the way you would normally. And then what you're going to do is pull that first stitch you knit over the second stitch. You knit the next stitch. And then you're going to take that first stitch. See now, I had knit three, but one's gone away. One's been bound off. So I'm going to take this. And some people like to say it leap frogs over. And my finger is keeping that stitch, that first stitch on. So I leap frog that over. And I've always got one stitch on my right hand needle. I knit my next stitch. Leap frog that over. Sometimes people, when they're a little bit new kind of stop and pull this over. That's fine if you want to, same effect. Ultimately you'll get better at it and you'll be able to just pull them over. So you'll go to the end of your row. You have to bind off all your stitches. And then when you get to your last stitch you bind that off. Now you've got one stitch left on the needle. You're going to pull up the needle to get more yarn there. Take your needle out. And you're just going to snip that thread right at the top. Pull your ball yarn out. And now you've that. If you pull that, that's fastened. That's tight. And then what you're going to do, is you're going to take a tapestry needle, and you're going to weave in your ends. So you'll thread that big fat needle. Usually it'll do it a little bit better than that. Okay. And see how this came out all big. You can wrap that in. And what you're going to do, is go into the backs of your stitches and weave in your ends. Okay. And when you're done, you can clip that off. And you would follow the same procedure for the other ends that we have here. And you just want to weave them in to those pearl bumps. Which we haven't done yet, but those are pearl bumps. Or you can weave them in along the side. Either way. And you weave them in for about an inch, and then you can snip them off.


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