3NBO Revisted Part 2 – knit-purl

Part 1 is here.

Today we’ll look at using a k1, p1 sequence for the 3-Needle Bind Off.

Step 1: Knit 1 st from the front needle together with 1 st from the back needle (usual 3-Needle BO step).

Step 2: Move the yarn to the front between the needles. Insert the working needle through the next st on the back needle as if to purl, then through the first st on front needle as if to purl. Purl both sts. Use a Standard Bind off to bind off sts on Right needle.

3nbo kp step 2

Repeat Steps 1 and 2, binding off 1 st on the Right needle after each step.

Here is the work after a few sts have been bound off.

3nbo kp step 3

Can We Simplify? of course!!

Interlaced 3-Needle Bind Off: Knit Purl version

It can be a little awkward to do the purl sts this way so here’s a little simpler way.

I’m using a different coloured front and back piece and a 3rd colour for joining to make it easier to see what’s happening.

Step 1: Place all of the sts on 1 needle.

  • Use a smaller (I went down about 4 needle sizes) DPN or circular for this. This needle will not impact gauge (since it’s the Left needle) and making this needle smaller makes it much easier to work the bind off. Using a DPN or circular will allow you to push the sts to either end to begin working the bind off.
  • Beginning with the first st on the Back needle, slip sts alternately from the Back needle and the Front needle onto the smaller needle.

3nbo kp interlaced step 1

Step 2: K2tog.

3nbo kp interlaced step 2

Step 3: P2tog; bind off 1.

3nbo kp interlaced step 3

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 binding off 1 st on Right needle after each step.

And here is the finished BO.

3nbo kp interlaced step 4 finished

And from the Wrong side.

3nbo kp interlaced step 4 finished WS

Benefits: This bind off lays flatter than the knit only version and doesn’t curl to one side.

And that’s it! Hope you find it useful 🙂


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