The 3 Needle Bind-Off

Today, in one of her awesome video tutorials, Liat Gat of Knitting Superstar shows us how to seam knitting with a 3-needle bind-off!

The three-needle bind-of is a secure, strong, and easy bind-off used to simultaneously seam and bind off two pieces of knitted fabric. This is perfect for shoulder seams.

However, this can be a little intimidating! Yes, it uses three needles instead of the usual two — but other than that, it’s a pretty straightforward bind-off.

The pros?

  • It’s strong and sturdy
  • It’s fast
  • You don’t have to use a tapestry needle or a mental mantra to get through it

Also, a surprising number of non-sweater projects call for the three-needle bind-off (1,933 on Ravelry, to be exact) — most notably the adorable stuffed monsters by Rebecca Danger, and “Grove” by Jared Flood. Ready to be able to master these projects?

Here are some tips for success:

  1. Use a smaller needle for your third needle — at least 2 or 3 sizes smaller than the needles you’re knitting with
  2. Remember to turn your knitting wrong-side out! Otherwise you’ll have a big seam showing on the outside of your sweater
  3. Push your next stitches to the very tips of your needles so you can knit into them easily

This video tutorial was created and is brought to you by Liat Gat, the web’s premier knitting instructor, who is also the creator of the most comprehesive video knitting course around: Become a Knitting Superstar.

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