In the pattern I just created, I called for the knitter to use “your favorite stretchy bind off.” In the course of making four coordinating sweater vests, I tried a number of stretchy bind offs. I looked through books, searched the internet, and watched YouTube videos to see what others recommended. I tried a number of them, some of which made it only a few stitches before I ripped it out and started again. Somewhere along the way, I found one that suited my needs quite nicely for this design. It’s stretchier than a regular bind off, but not so much that it gets stretched out. It has a nice even line with no extra flare (or flair!). I have since gone back and tried to find the bind off online to find the name and give credit, but I have not had any luck. So, I’m going to name this the Twisted Stitch Stretchy bind off, as each stitch is twisted by being worked through the back loop. Here it is!
Twisted Stitch Stretchy Bind Off
1. Knit the first stitch.
2. If the next stitch is a KNIT stitch, knit the second stitch through the back look (k tbl). If the next stitch is a PURL stitch, purl the next stitch through the back loop (p tbl).
3. Slip the first stitch on the right hand needle over the second stitch (like you would with a regular bind off), so you are left with a single stitch on the needle.
4. Continue steps 2 and 3 until you are left with one stitch. Break yarn and pull through the last stitch.