To cast off in knitting, also known as binding off, it requires a bit more yarn than a regular knitted row, as each stitch is pulled over the next and off the end of the needle. Pull the tail of the yarn through the last stitch and tighten before weaving in the ends with a demonstration from an advanced knitter in this free video on knitting.
Hi, I'm Allison from ImagiKnit in San Fransisco and I'd like to show you how to bind off, which is also called casting off. Make sure that you have enough yarn to do so. It takes a little bit more yarn than a regular row of knitting. Come to the first stitch and you're just going to act as if you're going to knit another row. So we'll knit one stitch and then two stitches. Once you have two stitches on your right hand needle, use your left hand needle to pull the first stitch over the second stitch and off the end of the needle, leaving just one stitch on the right hand needle. Continue, we'll knit one more stitch from the left hand needle. So again we have two on the right hand needle. Pull the previous stitch over the most recent one and off the end of the needle. Make sure not to pull too tight. We'll knit one more, pull the first stitch over the second and off the end of the needle. Don't pull on the yarn in between stitches. So now we've come to the last two stitches. So we'll knit one more so that we have no stitches remaining on the left hand needle. Again, use the left hand needle to pull the previous stitch over the most recent one and off the end of the needle. This should leave you with just one stitch on your right hand needle. So then you want to have the tail of your yarn, you want to just pull that through the last remaining stitch, and tighten. There we have a nice bind off and your project is complete other than just weaving the ends in.