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The first rule of holes: when you're in one, stop digging.

- Molly Ivins


Italian bind off

The Italian bind off, also known as knit1-purl1 bind off or Kitchener bind off is a sewn bind off technique that yields beautiful, professional-looking results. It's excellent for binding off a traditional knit 1 purl 1 rib, and also lovely for shaker rib and other slip-stitch ribs.



Here's what it looks like worked with a contrasting color yarn. And Here's how to work it:


At the end of the last row worked, cut yarn leaving a tail 3-4 times as long as the length of fabric to be bound off; thread yarn onto tapestry needle.



Draw threaded tapestry needle purlwise through 1st st,



bring needle around to the right then behind 1st st, insert between 1st and 2nd sts,



insert and draw knitwise through 2nd st;



*bring needle behind and around, insert knitwise into 1st st removing st,



passing in front of new 1st st draw purlwise through 2nd st;



pass needle in front then around to back, insert purlwise into 1st st removing st,



passing behind new 1st st insert tip between 1st st and 2nd st, insert and draw knitwise through 2nd st;
(For illustration purposes, the picture shows the yarn being first drawn between the stitches then inserted and drawn through the 2nd st, but in practice, and using the needle tip, these can be done in the same motion.)



Repeat from * until all stitches have been bound off.

I hope you will enjoy both the process and the results of this technique!