Sloped Bind Off – creating a more even edge in your knitting when casting off shoulders

This year I said I was going to at least learn one new thing about knitting each month. When I found myself about to cast off the shoulders of a cardigan the other night, my subconscious was clearly thinking in this direction, as I wondered if there was a better way to cast off a shoulder.

I headed for the bookshelf and my copy of Cast On Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor.

In it I found the ‘Sloped Bind Off’.

The sloped bind off softens out that steps that form when you cast off with a more traditional bind off and creates a more even edge for seaming. (I would show you a picture of a traditional bind off, but, off course, I didn’t cast off that way. If anyone has one I could ‘borrow’ make this post a better explanation, please let me know.)

If you fancy having a go, here’s how to do it…

Working a sloped bind off

  • Work up to the last stitch on the row before the first cast off row.


  • Leave last stitch unworked and turn the knitting.
  • Slip the first stitch on the left hand needle purlwise onto the right hand needle – I’m assuming you’re right handed here, so slip from right to left if you’re knitting left handed.


  •   Pass the unworked stitch over the slipped stitch


  • Now continue to bind the row off as you would normally.


  • When binding off is complete work across the row.
  • On the row before the next bind off  (and every other row before a bind off) work up to the last stitch on the row as before, turn the work and repeat casting off as above.

Et voilà! A smoother shoulder cast off…


Now I’ve got it out, I’m going to have a deeper delve into Cast on Bind Off to see what else I don’t know.

Hope you week’s going well.


16 thoughts on “Sloped Bind Off – creating a more even edge in your knitting when casting off shoulders

  1. I have an unusual bind off at the moment. The sleeves are double moss stitch. I have to knit the two stitches at the ends on the knit rows and purl them on the purl side. Moss stitch the rest. On the decrease rows it is k1 s1 k1 psso then moss stitch to the last three stitches, then k2 tog, k1. Result is very neat! Always good to try something new.

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    1. Sounds interesting. Is that the shaping around the arm hole? Sorry, trying to visualise words here and my brain is struggling. BTW is it okay for me to pinch the picture of Selina from your blog and put it on my Sunday sevens please?


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