13 Apr

tutorial: Russian bind-off on the purl side

Tutorial Russian bind-off on the purl side by La Visch Designs

In a previous post I have shown you my favorite method of binding off: The Russian bind-off method. This is a very elegant way to bind-off your knitting project to get a very elastic edge on your piece. This is often important to me, because I knit a lot of lace shawls. Knitted lace usually shows its beauty best when it has been gently washed and blocked out. This is only possible if the edge has plenty of stretch.

But what if you need to cast off from the wrong side of the work? Think of a situation that you don’t have enough yarn to knit another row before binding off. In such a case, it is nice to know that you can also bind-off the Russian way on the wrong or purl side of your work!

In short instructions for a Russian bind-off on the purl side may look like this:
Russian bind-off on the WS: *P2tog, slip stitch from right-hand back to the left-hand needle; repeat from * to end.

The Russian bind-off on the purl side step-by-step

For this tutorial I have prepared a little swatch to bind off:

Tutorial Russian bind-off on the purl side by La Visch Designs

1. Purl the first 2 stitches together.

Tutorial Russian bind-off on the purl side by La Visch Designs

Tutorial Russian bind-off on the purl side by La Visch Designs

2. Slip the new stitch on right hand needle back to the left hand needle.

Tutorial Russian bind-off on the purl side by La Visch Designs

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until all stitches have been worked. On the wrong side of the work this will look as follows:

Tutorial Russian bind-off on the purl side by La Visch Designs

And on the right side of the work the Russian bind-off on the purl side will look like this:

Tutorial Russian bind-off on the purl side by La Visch Designs

Looking good, right?!

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