Have you ever finished a top-down sweater only to discover that the hem is way tighter than the rest of the sweater? Or maybe you made a cozy pair of toe-up socks and the cuff is so tight that you can squeeze it over your heel? The solution to these problems is Jeny’s Super Stretchy Bind-Off (JSSBO).
The super stretchy bind-off was created by Jeny Staiman. It isn’t too different from the traditional bind off — the only difference is that the super stretchy bind-off uses yarn overs to give your edge just a little bit of extra stretch. It won’t change the appearance of the edging at all.
One thing to keep in mind is that the super stretchy bind-off does require just a little more yarn than the traditional bind-off. You’ll also notice that it takes just a little bit more time, but it’s worth it!
When to use Jeny’s Super Stretchy Bind-Off
Give those sock cuffs the perfect amount of durability and stretch.
Sweater sleeves and hems
Sometimes sweater hems and sleeves can have a too-tight bind-off that makes them uncomfortable. Use the super stretchy bind-off for top-down sweaters and sleeves for an easy fit.
That dreaded too-tight sweater neckline will be no more once you use the stretchy bind-off on it! This will give you a cozy sweater — even a turtleneck — that you can still easily fit over your head.
Hat brims always need a little bit of stretch, and this bind -ff can give it even more when you’re working from the crown down.
Jeny’s Super Stretchy Bind-Off Tutorial
Ready to give the super stretchy bind-off a try? We promise it’s easy! This example is for a ribbed swatch so that you can see how to treat both knit and purl stitches.
Wrap the working yarn around your needle as if you were doing a yarn over, but wrap it in the opposite direction, going from the back of the needle to the front of the needle closest to you.
Knit the next stitch. You should now have two stitches on your right needle: the yarn over and the knit stitch. You have now prepped one knit stitch for bind off.
This part will be familiar! Insert the left needle into that first yarn over on the right needle, then pass it over the knit stitch. You should now have one stitch on your right needle.
Wrap a reverse yarn over once again….
…then knit the next stitch. You will now have three stitches on the right needle.
Pass over the yarn over, leaving two stitches on your right needle.
Pass the knit stitch over.
You should now have just one stitch on your needle.
Now we’ve reached a purl stitch. Purl stitches work exactly the same except that they get a regular yarn over instead of a reverse one. So wrap the yarn around your needle….
…then purl the next stitch. At this point you will have three stitches on your right needle.
Pass the yarn over.
Pass the knit stitch over the purl stitch.
If you want to speed up the process, you can pass the yarn over and the previous stitch over at the same time.
Repeat these steps across the row, always wrapping the appropriate yarn over before you knit or purl a stitch.
When you only have one stitch left on your needle, cut the yarn and slip it through the last stitch, just as you normally would after binding off.
So the idea behind Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off is that each stitch gets a yarn over before it — a reverse yarn over before a knit stitch and a regular yarn over before a purl stitch. Each time you wrap a yarn over, you should have just one stitch on the right needle, plus the yarn over.
It can be overwhelming to remember all the steps at first, but after you try it a few times you’ll memorize it.
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