Nothing is prettier than a sloped bind off!

sloped bind off at neckline

Binding off a sequence of stitches over a few rows is best achieved using the sloped bind off technique. It’s ideal for shoulder and neckline shaping, because you don’t get a stair-step or uneven edge. A sloped bind off gives a smooth transition from one bind off row to the next.

How to work a sloped bind off

Let’s say you have to “bind off 5 stitches at the beginning of next 2 rows; then bind off 2 stitches on following 4 rows”. With the right side of the work facing you and yarn in back, slip the first stitch purlwise from left needle to right needle. Work the next stitch, then pass the slipped stitch over first stitch, like you would when doing a regular bind off. Always bind off in pattern stitch unless otherwise indicated. Continue to bind off the 4 remaining stitches (5 in total); work across the row to last stitch, and slip this stitch to right needle. Turn work and slip first stitch again, work next stitch, then pass slip stitch over this stitch, one stitch bound off. Continue to bind off the next 4 stitches working across the row to last stitch, slip this stitch. The next right side row, bind off 2 stitches by slipping last stitch again, work next stitch and pass slip stitch over this stitch; bind off one more stitch. Work across row to last stitch, and slip it. Repeat, always slipping the last stitch of row before the bind off row until all the bind off’s are completed on both side edges. Note: Some resources slip the last stitch of the row, the work is turned then this stitch is slipped again, as well as slipping the first stitch instead of working it, then pass over the unworked stitch over first stitch (one stitch bound off). Continue to bind off the desired number of stitches and repeat.

This method forms an even, neat slope that is easier to sew or to pick up stitches. You’ll be pleased with the results.