Sloped Bind Off

While binding off the shoulders for The Sweater, I remembered the sloped bind off that was included in a Brooklyn Tweed pattern somewhere. Fort maybe? It’s a bind off that makes a more subtle cast off line when you’re casting off something in increments (like a sleeve). A regular cast off has you cast off x number of stitches, knit to the end, turn and knit the wrong side, turn, then bind off y number of stitches. The sloped bind off is essentially the same, but with one difference. Here’s an example.

Standard Bind Off

Row 1 (rs): Bind off first 4 stitches, knit to end

2 (ws): Knit to end

3 (rs): Bind off first 4 stitches, knit to end.

Which looks like this:

 

Sloped Bind Off

Row 1 (rs): Bind off 4 stitches, knit to end

2 (ws): knit to 1 stitch before end, turn work (leaving 1 stitch on needle)

3 (rs): Bind off 4, using the stitch that remains on the right hand needle to bind off the next stitch (ex: k 1, pass remaining stitch over the stitch just knit), knit to end.

Which looks like this:


 Since this area will most likely be seamed it may not make much of a difference in the finished sweater but I think it definitely creates a more polished finish.

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