Using a crochet hook during binding off (casting off) is a much faster process than using two knitting needles.

  • In the following pictures, the method shown is using circular knitting (but it works the same for straight knitting)
  • the right-hand end of the circular needle is “hiding” behind the work; it is not used

Crochet hook sizing:

  • Loose cast-off: use a crochet hook a couple of sizes larger than your needles
  • Tight cast-off: use a crochet hook a couple of sizes smaller than your needles
  • Regular cast-off: use the same size crochet hook as your needles

1. Insert crochet hook into 1st stitch on left-hand needle knitwise

2. Yarn over hook, either front-to-back or back-to-front
3. Pull hook and yarn through loop on needle
4. Slip 1st stitch off the left-hand needle
5. Insert hook into next (1st) stitch on left-hand needle knitwise
 6. Yarn over hook, either back-to-front or front-to-back
 7. Pull yarn through loop on needle AND…
8a. Pull yarn through loop on hook8b. Slip 1st stitch off left-hand needle (not shown)

There is 1 loop on the crochet hook.

Repeat Steps 5 – 8 until only 1 loop remains on crochet hook.

Pull yarn through loop on crochet hook and finish as directed in pattern.