KW Tips and Tricks: Sloped Bind Off

I can’t remember when I first discovered the beauty of the sloped bind off, but it was most likely when I read something by Julie Hoover or Julie Weisenberger - both exceptionally skilled designers and finishers. Once I tried it out, I was hooked, and made a pact with myself to never bind off multiple rows any other way again!

KW Tips and Tricks Sloped Bind Off

We recommend the sloped bind off when binding off shoulder stitches, shaping necklines, or binding off the top of sleeve caps. When editing the patterns for the Lucky Tweed Collection, I noticed a few places where the sloped bind off would come in handy, especially on Meghan Babin’s Euston tunic, so I figured it was high time to add it to our collection of Tips and Tricks!

KW Tips and Tricks Sloped Bind Off

Step 1 / Work the first row of the bind off as normal.
In the case of this swatch, I have 30 stitches, and am binding off 6 stitches on each right side row a total of 5 times, so I bound off 6 stitches and knit to the end.

KW Tips and Tricks Sloped Bind Off

Step 2a / Work back in your pattern as set until 1 stitch remains,

KW Tips and Tricks Sloped Bind Off

Step 2b / turn - 1 stitch is left unworked on your needle, and is now on the right hand needle.

KW Tips and Tricks Sloped Bind Off

Step 3 / Slip the first stitch from the left hand needle to the right hand needle as if to purl - there are now two stitches on your right hand needle.

KW Tips and Tricks Sloped Bind Off

Step 4a / Insert your left hand needle into the unworked stitch (right most stitch on the right hand needle) as if to purl,

KW Tips and Tricks Sloped Bind Off

Step 4b / and pass it over the just slipped stitch. This counts as one bound-off stitch.

KW Tips and Tricks Sloped Bind Off

Step 5 / Continue binding off as outlined in the pattern. As mentioned above, I’m binding off 6 stitches at a time, so I will bind off 5 more stitches normally.

KW Tips and Tricks Sloped Bind Off

Repeat Steps 2-5 until the required number of stitches have been bound off. The end result will be a beautiful slope of stitches in one smooth line.

And that’s it! Pretty simple but an easy way to elevate your knitting and simplify finishing.


KW Tips and Tricks: Invisible Cast On

We created two new Tips and Tricks for the Lucky Tweed Collection. The first, the Invisible Cast On, is used in Courtney’s Dover hat.

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This cast on is reminiscent of a crochet magic ring and creates a beginning that is perfect for the tops of hats, mittens, or when working socks from the toe up. While slightly finicky to work at first, once you get the hang of it, the stitches work up quickly and the end result is well worth it!

KW Tips and Tricks: Invisible Cast On

Set-Up / Make a loop over the first two fingers of your left hand with the tail end crossing over top of the ball end. The ball end should be hanging down towards your lap and the tail end over the top of your hand and away from you. Hold the tail end in place using the thumb and pointer finger on your left hand.

KW Tips and Tricks: Invisible Cast On

Step 1a / Using a DPN in your right hand, catch the ball end from the top down, and back to front to create a yarn over on your DPN.

KW Tips and Tricks: Invisible Cast On

The yarn over on your needle.

KW Tips and Tricks: Invisible Cast On

Step 1b / Hold your DPN against and above the loop on your left hand - this completes the cast on of the first stitch.

KW Tips and Tricks: Invisible Cast On

Step 2a / Go through the loop created by the yarn on your fingers from the top down,

KW Tips and Tricks: Invisible Cast On

Step 2b / and catch the ball end of the yarn from underneath.

KW Tips and Tricks: Invisible Cast On

Step 2c / Pull the DPN back through the loop - you now have 2 sts on your DPN.

KW Tips and Tricks: Invisible Cast On

Repeat Steps 1–2 until the specified number of stitches are on your DPN.

KW Tips and Tricks: Invisible Cast On
KW Tips and Tricks: Invisible Cast On

Release the loop from your left hand, and holding the DPN in one hand and tail end in the other, pull the tail to tighten up the loop.

Looking for a video? Check out the Invisible cast on in action!