Three needle bindoff

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In knitting, the three needle bindoff is a method of joining two pieces of knitted fabric using three needles. One needle is on each piece of the fabric, and a third needle is used for the knitting. [1]

Knitting Method of forming fabric from yarn

Knitting is a method by which yarn is manipulated to create a textile or fabric, often used in many types of garments.


The three needle bindoff is useful for joining the front and back pieces of a sweater. [1]

Sweater knitted garment for the upper body

A sweater, also called jumper in British English is a piece of clothing, typically with long sleeves, made of knitted or crocheted material that covers the upper part of the body.


The three needle bindoff is done by lining up the two needles on the fabrics next to one another. The outer sides of the fabric face one another.

From one piece of fabric, one stitch is moved to the needle holding the other. The third needle is placed under both stitches, second stitch first. A piece of excess yarn is wrapped around, and the stitch is knitted. The resulting stitch remains on the third needle.

For the next stitch, a stitch from needle B is moved to needle A, and the step is repeated, with the resulting stitch moved to needle C. On needle C, the second stitch is lifted above the first stitch and off the needle.

This process is repeated until there are no more stitches. [2] [3]

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  1. 1 2 Bestor, Leslie Ann (2012). Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods - Find the Perfect Start and Finish for Every Knitting Project. Storey Publishing. p. 160. ISBN   9781603427241.
  2. "3-Needle Bind Off". Purl Soho. 11 November 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  3. Durant, Judith (2012). Knit One, Bead Too: Essential Techniques for Knitting with Beads. Storey Publishing. p. 153. ISBN   9781603426565.