A Decorative Bind Off You May Not Have Tried: The Decrease Bind Off

Tank with exposed edges; the decrease bind off is along straight horizontal neckline edge
Right side edge of decrease bind off
Wrong side edge of decrease bind off

Recently, while working on a sample with an exposed neckline; I needed to finish this edge so it looked neat and even. Researching bind off types, I came across the decrease bind off, which creates a decorative edge, ideal for exposed edges such as pockets, trims, or necklines. It is very simple, and here are the steps:

With the right side facing *K2sts tog tbl (knit 2 stitches together through back loop); one stitch remains on the right needle.

Slip the stitch from the right needle to the left needle, making sure not to twist it. Repeat from * until the required number of stitches are bound off. Note: Don’t bind off too loose with the decrease bind off or the edge will flare.

You can see from the image of the white tank, that the wrong side of the decrease bind off looks great, and you could make the wrong side edge visible on the right side of a finished project.

The decrease bind off is super simple, and solves the problem of dealing with an exposed edge.