Learn How to Knit. Part 3: Binding off a project

If you missed Part 01 on how to cast on stitches and Part 02 how to knit stitches, click on the links to read first.

Bind off a project

Once you’ve finished your project, you will need to cast it off in order to get it off your needles without it falling apart.

Here is a step by step guide to bind off your project:

At first it might seem hard to remember the steps but it’s all about practice, and every stitch will make you better. Some tips for starting out:

  • Be patient – it will take time, nobody can run before they walk. So don’t stress if you can’t get it right the first time.
  • Wrap the yarn around your finger for creating tension – the more consistent the tension of your yarn is, the more even the stitches will be.
  • Stick to it – give yourself goals, like start with 10 rows. Try again next time with 10 more rows. Little by little you will build practice (And soon those goals will have to become limits!)
  • Enjoy the process – don’t rush to finish a project, specially if it’s your first. Enjoy the repetition and notice how your stitches improve with time
  • Practice – Start with an easy project and build from there.
  • Find fun places to knit- Keep your knitting close to you so you don’t forget to keep at it. Take it with you when you know you’ll be waiting or in public transportation, knit outdoors or in a cozy cafe. knitting in public can be daunting if you’re starting, you can always knit before bed or while watching TV (once you’ve had some practice).
  • Knitting with friends is always more fun – Friends can also help you guide you if they are more experienced. Or you can all learn together!

  Welcome to this journey, I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed sharing.

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