The backstitch bind off is a sewn bind off, which means you use a yarn needle and the yarn tail to finish off the stitches instead of your knitting needle. This method creates a relatively stretchy edge making it a good finish for collars or cuffs.
Whenever I am using this bind off I think of the phrase "taking two steps forward and one step back" because you pull the yarn tail forward (right to left) through two stitches then back (left to right) through one stitch, dropping it off the left needle.
Pattern, Yarn, Needles and Notions
- Ready, Set, Go Socks (Toe-Up) pattern by The Chilly Dog
- Zitron Trekking Sport yarn
- addi FlexiFlips Bamboo knitting needles
- yarn or tapestry needle
Thanks to Skacel for providing the yarn and addi needles used in this tutorial. These products are available locally at many yarn shops and online at Makers' Mercantile.