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Knotted K2Tog Bind Off

Used in the upcoming Cassini Shawl.

I needed a decorative edge for a design of a Showy Garter crescent shawl. While garter stitch doesn’t roll, the edges can be a bit drab. In the process of playing with bulky stitches I developed a technique that also works well for a cast on and bind off. The bind off edge had me so excited it earned me a ‘Have you lost your mind?’ look from my husband when I jumped out of my seat one evening with a resounding “YES!”.

New Techniques

There are two things about most of my designs you may have noticed by now. First, you will almost always find a Showy Decrease adding dimension to the knit fabric. And second,  I love interesting edges. Very rarely will you find a pattern without a decorative or bulky cast on, side edge or bind off.

Here’s what’s new: Wrap 2 Stitches as part of K2tog

Wrapping is used in certain stitch patterns, smocking for example, to create horizontal lines and gathered stitches. Here we are wrapping 2 sts as part of a k2tog.

The wrap creates a knotted look that adds definition to our Knotted K2Tog Bind Off, and in future blogs (soon) we’ll show it with our Knotted Cast On and a nubby side stitch as well. Since it is just 2 stitches, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to work and it has the added benefit of being stretchy.

Let’s Get Started with a Photo Tutorial and Video!


Here are two ways to learn about this technique.

First, there is a PDF photo tutorial you can download. It spells out the techniques and shows you how to work it step-by-step.

And now for the first time, you can see me work our Nuances on You Tube. We’ll be announcing that in the next blog post but there’s no need to wait. The video is already posted and available here on our You Tube Channel.



I recommend you download the photo tutorial, then grab some needle and scrap yarn and watch the video. I’m sure this will become your favorite bind off too.

One last thing, as shown here, the Knotted K2Tog Bind Off is perfect for curved edges or flares. Let me know what you think.

28 comments on “Knotted K2Tog Bind Off

  1. kate
    October 31, 2017

    I love it!!

  2. Anita
    October 31, 2017

    The bind off looks really interesting.

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  4. Dale
    November 1, 2017

    These look great. Never before even heard of this although a knitter/crocheter now for 48/49 years, respectively. Interested in following all your work …keep it up!!!

    • Laura Cunitz
      November 2, 2017

      Thanks Dale! I am in love with the bind off! 🙂

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  7. Gretchen Paul
    November 2, 2017

    Nice. When will that shawl, Cassini, be available?

  8. Sue Gosnell
    November 2, 2017

    I am working on a baby sweater right now, and when I get ready to cast off I am going to use this one… this is the most interesting thing I have seen in a long time!

    Oh BTW, yesterday when I cast on this baby sweater, instead of the called-for K1f&b increase called for, I did what YOU suggested K1b&f – WOW!!!!! Are you kidding me!?!?!?! Amazing!!!!! Such a simple thing that makes ALL the difference in the finished look of a project.

    This is now the first blog I read with my coffee in the morning 🙂 Many Thanks for making my knitting look SO good!

    Ronnie Sue

    • Laura Cunitz
      November 2, 2017

      Ronnie Sue, Sitting here with a huge smile as I read your comment! Thanks. Laura

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  12. Patty Risko
    March 15, 2018

    Love the knotted k2 bind off! So nice to see new
    Ways to do a bind off. Does this bind off make scarfs less likely to roll?

    • Laura Cunitz
      March 16, 2018

      Hi Patty, not really. The weight does help with curling but with pure stockinette they will still roll. Since the last row before the bind off is a *k1, p1* row, I would work a few rows of seed stitch before hand. Garter is not a problem and you can see in the pink/gray cowl that the rib is enough to prevent rolling too.

  13. Lily
    April 5, 2018

    Ok, I’m in love! I agree this bind off is a winner and exactly what I’ve been searching for. Will be using it a lot. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Laura Cunitz
      April 5, 2018

      Thanks Lily, It is a favorite of mine now too. I’ve even used a provisional cast on so I can bind off with it. Laura

      • Lily
        April 6, 2018

        That’s a great idea! I was wondering how I could mimic the stitch in a cast on. Again thank you!

  14. Christina
    June 27, 2018

    This bind off is fantastic! It gives the interest of a picot edge, is much easier and uses less yarn. Knitting in-the-round for a size 2 dress, I did one row of purl stitch, one row of P1K1 then the bind off. The edges of the neck, sleeves or full skirt do not roll.

    • Laura Cunitz
      June 27, 2018

      Christina, I’m so glad it worked for you. Thanks for the info on rolling. That’s always such a big issue. Laura

  15. Marti
    August 18, 2018

    Excellent print and video tutorial. Love this site as recommended by a Knitting Paradise member.

    • Laura Cunitz
      August 18, 2018

      Thanks Marti! I am also a KPer and love how this group is always interested in new techniques.

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