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Three needle bind off

Three needle bind-off is used to join 2 pieces of knitting that have live stitches. You must have the same number of stitches on both pieces of knitting with each set of stitches on a different needle. A third needle is used to bind off the stitches together; this needle is always the same size as the needles used in the knitting. If you are using circular needles, you can use the end of one needle; or you can use a double-pointed needle in the same size.

This join is done on the wrong side and can be used in place of a sewn seam.

In the pictures below, different yarns are used so that stitches can be seen more clearly.

1. Hold pieces together with right sides facing each other. The wrong sides are facing toward you.
2. With third needle, slip stitch from back needle to front needle.
3. Knit two together.
4. With third needle, slip stitch from back needle to front needle.
5. Knit two together.

6. Pass first stitch over second stitch—one stitch bound off.

Repeat steps 4-6 until all stitches are bound off. When you are close to end of the seam, count the stitches on both sides. If the count is different, you can knit 3 stitches together to even them up (one stitch from one side and 2 stitches from the other side).