Emily Explains: Binding Off in the Middle of a Row
Finally getting to a point where you feel confident enough to knit sweaters is so exciting! I recommend all beginning knitters have no fear about knitting sweaters – it is so much fun!
At some point in our sweater knitting, we all come across a pattern where we need to bind off in the middle of a row. This commonly happens when we reach our necklines (wohoooo- a sign you are almost done!). It can also be used as a design element in a sweater. Aneto is a beautiful example of what it can look like when we bind off in the middle of a sweater. Aneto binds off in the center, shaping a circular hole right in the middle! After the body of the sweater is completed, a crocheted piece is made and attached to fill the hole.
In many of your patterns you’ll find that when shaping your neckline or a circular opening you are asked to “knit ___ number of stitches then join another ball of yarn, bind off in the center and knit to end.”
If that sounds confusing to you, here is how it looks:
Knit ___ number of stitches then join another ball of yarn (highlighted in yellow!)
Bind off in the center using the ball of yarn you joined and knit until the end (highlighted in yellow!)
working right side working left side
Continue knitting each side with its own ball of yarn.
Bind off each side following your pattern.
I hope this helps the next time you have to join a new ball of yarn or bind off in the middle of a row within your knitting patterns.