This series was developed for crocheters who knit,
and for knitters who have never bound off with a hook.
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Welcome back to our series on using a crochet hook to bind off knitted projects. In Part 1, we discussed some basic terminology (crochet yarn over vs. crochet yarn under), recommended hook types and sizes, and introduced the Basic Crochet Bind Off.
This week we're going to expand our skills and tackle something slightly more advanced: the Suspended Bind Off.
All yarn overs / yarn unders are made crochetwise.
Suspended Bind Off
The Suspended Bind Off is really just a Basic bind off with a "delay" built in: after binding off a stitch, you keep it on the needle while you bind off the next. Doing this keeps your tension more even, and builds in a bit of controlled stretch.
Here are some of the features of the Suspended Bind Off:
- Looks like a Basic bind off
- Slightly stretchier than a Basic bind off
- Has an even, more relaxed tension
- Good choice for stitchers who want a basic bind off but struggle with tight tension
Working the Suspended Bind Off with a hook is very similar to working it with two needles. Because both hook and needle are in constant use, either stitching loops or holding them in suspension, there is no way I can see to minimise the steps involved.
The Suspended Bind Off is not difficult, though it can seem a bit awkward at first (especially to a beginner-intermediate knitter like me). But once you get a rhythm going, you'll find it's like a dance between hook and needle, loop and loop.
Suspended Bind Off Video Tutorial
Shows how to knit and purl the Suspended Bind Off with a crochet hook.
Suspended Bind Off for knit stitches:
(If transitioning from knit to purl, move the yarn to the front of the work.)
Note on the Purled version: It seems to be less stretchy than the Knit version, though this may be due to my own inconsistencies of tension. I couldn't find any tutorials online that demonstrated a Purled Suspended Bind Off, so I worked out a technique for myself. If you have any information on purling this bind off, I'd love to see it! :)
Next week, in Part 3, we'll tackle Jeny's Super Stretchy Bind Off, or JSSBO. (I know I promised it for this week, but I changed my mind and decided to focus on one bind off at at time.)
Until then, happy knitting and crocheting and binding off!
If you have any questions about this technique, please feel free to ask using the comment box below.
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