How to do the Tubular Bind Off for 1×1 Rib

This tubular bind off is a beautiful and very stretchy bind off that’s great whenever the end of your project is 1×1 rib. I demonstrate how to do this with the Traveller’s Cowl, which I started with the Circular Tubular Cast On and ended with this Tubular Bind Off. This bind off is done with a sewing needle and 5 steps that you repeat until all stitches are bound off. The following are the steps, which you can see demonstrated in the video below.

Setting Up

To get started, you need to break your working yarn from the skein. First, measure a length of yarn that’s four times the circumference of your project. Cut the yarn and thread into a sewing needle.  

Step 1

Insert the needle knit wise into the first stitch.  Pull through, then slip that stitch off the end of the knitting needle. 

Step 2

Insert the needle purl wise into the second stitch from the tip.  Be careful not to pull it too tight. 

Step 3

Insert the needle purl wise into the stitch at the tip, then slip that stitch of the end of the knitting needle.

Step 4

From the back, insert the needle in the space between the first two stitches and pull the needle to the front of the work.

Step 5

Insert the needle knit wise into the second stitch from the tip and pull it all the way through to the back.  

Repeat

Repeat these steps until all the stitches have been bound off. 

Video Demonstration

The following video shows you how to do all the steps for the Tubular Bind Off for 1×1 Rib.

Want to Give it a Try?

The following is a great pattern to try the tubular bind off. 

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