Today I’m binding off a couple pairs of my Founders Day Socks and I’d like to show you how to do the stem stitch bind off.
The stem stitch BO is a sewn bind off, so we’ll be using a yarn needle instead of a knitting needle to finish things off. This bind off works nicely for edges that need a little extra flexibility, like sock cuffs, as long as you don’t pull your stitches too tight.
For those of you familiar with embroidery, you’ll quickly see how the slant of the yarn along facing edge of the bound off sts resembles the embroidered stem stitch.
I’ll be demonstrating two versions of the stem stitch bind off, right-slanting (my preferred method because it’s slightly easier to manipulate) and left-slanting. Make sure to watch to the end of each section because I’ll show you how to neatly finish the bind off in the round.
Introduction - 0:00
Right-Slanting Stem Stitch BO - 1:18
Left-Slanting Stem Stitch BO - 4:30
Final Notes - 9:09
Pattern: Founders Day Socks
Yarn: CoBaSi by HiKoo
Needles: Skacel by addi EasyKnit and EasyKnit Rocket needles
Notions: Knitter's Pride Wool Needle
Yarn, Needle, Notion Support
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.