There is nothing quite as inspiring as the point when your knitting (or crocheting) project suddenly looks like the garment it will eventually become.
The pattern has you shape the shoulders using short rows, then join the seam using a three needle bind-off.
I like using a three needle bind-off to join shoulder seams because it is relatively quick and results in a clean and stable seam.
This bind-off results in a ridge, so you’ll want to hold your two pieces with the right (public) sides together. After you’ve finished working the bind-off you’ll turn the garment right side, which will hide the ridge on the inside.
In order to work a three needle bind-off, you need the same number of “live” stitches held on two needles.
Position your knitting with the public sides facing and the needles holding the live stitches parallel.
In this picture I’ve already worked my first stitch. You see one needle from my Denise set holding the stitches from the front shoulder. A double pointed needle is holding the stitches from the back shoulder. The second needle from my Denise set is being used a my right-hand needle.
Next, work two stitches together. Make sure you go into one leg from both left hand needles. Usually, you knit while working a three needle bind-off. Looking at these pictures again I see that I was purling. No wonder it felt awkward at the time!
Once you have two worked stitches on your right hand needle, pass the first stitch over the second as you would for a normal bind off.
Continue working across the row as you would for a regular bind off, remember to work the two left hand stitches together.
Three needle bind-offs can be used for sock toes, too, if you don’t mind a ridge on your toes.
This method of bind-off can also be worked on the public side of a garment to create a decorative edge.
Do you have any tips for working a three needle bind-off? Share them in the comments.