Crochet Hook Bind-Off

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Many crocheters-turned-knitters (as well as lifetime knitters!) find binding off with a crochet hook to be faster and easier than binding off with two needles. 

The method of binding off with a crochet hook is essentially that of the basic bind-off technique, except a crochet hook is substituted for the right needle which allows for a slight economy in movement over the 2-needle method.

Like the basic bind-off, this technique can be used both purlwise and knitwise - the example below shows a knitwise bind-off. 

Choose a crochet hook that is one to two sizes larger than the knitting needles to ensure a loose bind-off edge.

Crochet Hook Bind-Off, Step 1

Step 1: Insert the crochet hook knitwise through the first stitch on the left needle.  Yarn over the hook (wrap the yarn from back to front).

Crochet Hook Bind-Off, Step 2

Step 2:Pull loop through the stitch on the needle and slip the stitch from the left needle.

Crochet Hook Bind-Off, Step 3

Step 3: Insert the hook through the first stitch on the left needle knitwise and yarn over.

 

Crochet Hook Bind-Off, Step 4

Step 4: Pull loop through the stitch on the needle and the stitch on the hook.  Slip the stitch from the left needle.

 

Crochet Hook Bind-Off, Step 5

Step 5:  Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the end of the row.  Picture to left shows a partially bound-off row.

When all stitches in the row have been bound off, cut a tail at least 4" long (or as long as the pattern specifies) and pull this tail through the last stitch, pulling to secure the work.