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How to Cast Off When Knitting for Beginners

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After you’ve finished a knitting project — whether it be a scarf, gloves or blanket — it’s so important to make sure you properly cast off (a.k.a create an end to your knitting). If you’re a beginner knitter, this part might be a little tricky! As part of our GH Stitch Club, we’re breaking down the steps to help you learn how to cast off when knitting (and if you need, take a look at our tutorial on how to cast on for a refresher).

In the video above, we will walk you through casting off (sometimes also called binding off), step by step, ensuring your stitches are safely and neatly sealed off.

How to Cast Off

Step 1: Insert your needle to knit, and then knit your first and second stitch.

Step 2: Pull the first stitch over your second stitch. Your first stitch will then be wrapped around your second stitch. Pull your second stitch through so it’s solo on your needle.

Pro tip: To avoid curling when casting off, make sure you don’t pull too tightly at the stitches.

Step 3: Knit your third stitch. Pull your second stitch over your third stitch so that your third stitch is solo on your needle.

Step 4: Repeat this process until you get to the end of your row.

Step 5: Once you get to the end, cut the yarn away, leaving just a small tail.

Step 6: Pull the tail through the last loop on your needle and tighten.

Step 7: Using a darning needle, follow the lines of your knitting and weave the tail in and out of the stitches.

Step 8: Cut off an excess yarn.

Now you can rest assured there will be no unraveling!

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