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Suspended Bind Off
Here's a nice way to make sure you do not bind off too tightly.
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The 5 steps of the suspended bind off -- these steps assume you already have one stitch on the right hand needles waiting to be bound off:
1. Knit the next stitch -- call it the parent stitch -- from the left needle creating a new stitch on the right needle, but ...
2. Don't let the parent stitch drop off the left needle. Keep this parent stitch suspended on the left needle until later.
3. Pass the second stitch on the right needle up and over the first stitch -- just as you normally would.
4. Notice that the parent stitch is waiting patiently on the left needle as the bind off occurs.
5. Finally, let the parent stitch drop off the left needle. It's this suspension that keeps the bind off tension even.
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