Ribbing Bind Off Question

I’m still knitting away steadily on the Baby Dale Yoke Sweater for my great-niece.  I only have a couple weeks to finish it before her first birthday arrives.  I think I will make it.  I’m binding off the bottom ribbing this afternoon.


I will be using a traditional bind off, also known as a “pullover bind off.”  I’m keeping to the pattern stitch and using a needle one size larger in the my right hand.  I’m doing this to help me bind off loosely. 

I have a ribbing bind off question for all you sweater knitters –

When you bind off a bottom ribbing do you knit all the stitches passing them over in a traditional bind off?

Or, do you keep in the knit one, purl one ribbing pattern passing the stitches over accordingly?

16 Comments on “Ribbing Bind Off Question

  1. I generally bind off in pattern. However, for my Mr Greenjeans, I did the entire bind off in knit stitch. For the Noro type scarf, because I wanted it really stretchy, I not only was in pattern, but I went up a needle size from a 10 to a 10.5. It matches my cast on edge well.

  2. I bind off in pattern OR do a sewn bind-off. The sewn bind off is always perfect for my toe-up socks when I want to make sure the bind off edge is not tight.

  3. I usually bind off in pattern also, but I’ve done it both ways.
    Can’t wait to see the finished sweater – it looks beautiful.

  4. I prefer the look of an all knit bind off but if I need more stretch I’ll do a kitchner bind off.

  5. I always bind off in the rib pattern as it maintains the stretch. The sweater is looking good. Good luck with the bind off.

  6. I bind off in pattern no matter which bind-off technique I use. For something that needs to be stretchy, I tend to you a BO that incorporates a k2tog instead of pulling one over. It adds just a bit more yarn and thus stretch to the whole process. It has caused me to like how toe up socks fit.

  7. I usually bind off in pattern, too. But I’ve been known to do a sewn bind off where I really need it to be stretchy–a turtleneck, the top of a sock cuff.

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