And it got me thinking. When I first started trying more crochet patterns, I used to panic at the phrase "finish off" because it just seemed like I should be doing so much more than pulling my hook out of its singular loop and tying a knot. "Finish off" sounded like a huge task I should perform with some ceremony. Or maybe a weapon. But nope.
Remove the hook from your work:
Tie a knot:
Ta da! You have finished off a crochet project. (You monster.)
Binding off, however, is different. You're still knitting a row.
You need to have plenty of yarn still on hand.
And sometimes, you have to do it in a knit.
There, see? Nothing too crazy at all! It's like one long row of decreasing, or passing a stitch over the stitch just worked. Honestly, you could bind off every knitting project you ever made just like this for the rest of your very long life and very few people--if anyone--would look at your bind-off edge and know that you worked your bind off in knit stitches and not whatever other technique the pattern called for. And if they did, who cares? Who inspects bind-off edges?
(Do you do that? Please let me know if you do. I'm very curious as to why, out of all the quirks most of us have, checking bind-off edges is yours.)
So!If you don't know how to bind off, now you do. Obviously, learning tons of different ways to do something is always ideal. But binding off all stitches in knit is a really great way to simply finish off a project and now you can do it!