The three-needle bind off is another great way to join two pieces of fabric! And it’s easy to work too.
Start with the 2 pieces of knitted fabric that you want to join.
A few things about them:
- Both pieces should have the same number of stitches.
- Neither piece should be bound off yet. Instead, both of them should be on a needle with their stitches live (like the below picture).
Step 1: Face their Right Sides against each other (their Wrong Sides will be on the outside) and place them on top of each other.
Step 2: Insert a third needle knitwise into the first stitch of the front piece.
Step 3: Insert that same third needle knitwise into the first stitch of the back piece.
Step 4: Using the working yarn from the BACK piece*, wind the yarn around the third needle and knit both stitches.
Just like in regular knitting, move those two stitches off of both left needles.
Step 5: Repeat Steps 2 through 4. There are now 2 stitches on the right needle.
Step 6: Just like in a regular bind off, working on the right needle, pass the stitch further on the right over the stitch to its left. One stitch bound off.
Step 7: Repeat Steps 5 and 6 until there is just one stitch remaining on the right needle and all stitches have been worked on both left needles.
Step 8: Cut the working yarn and pull it through that final stitch. You’re done!
Here’s what it looks like on the WS.
The 3 Needle Bind off stretches a bit but it does add some structure as well. And that structure means that it’s not as stretchy (and makes it a great candidate for shoulder seems).
* Note: We used a contrasting yarn for the bind off just to make it easier for you to see it, but if we used the same yarn it would be barely visible.