It has taken me awhile to shoot video and post this technique, partly because this is one of my "unventions." I haven't seen this technique documented elsewhere. Rather, I derived it. It allows you to bind off at both the beginning and the end of a row of knitting without one side being taller than the other.
- Bind off at the beginning of the row, as per the instructions.
- Work across in pattern, stopping with what you need to bind off plus one stitch remaining at the end of the row. (For example, if you want to bind off 5 stitches, stop when 6 remain.)
- Put the work down. Stretch the yarn out and create a numeral "4."
- The horizontal in the "4" becomes the yarn to be trapped, while the vertical is attached to the project and remains the working yarn.
- Work the remaining stitches just a little loosely, trapping the horizontal yarn as you work. This is the same trapping maneuver used in stranded Fair Isle colorwork knitting.
- Turn the work.
- Evaporate the excess yarn by tugging gently on the skein end of the yarn.
- Bind off the stitches without working them.
- Note: if you will be resuming work with a purl stitch, you do not need to move the working yarn. If you will be resuming work with a knit stitch, then move that yarn to the back of the work just before you bind off the last stitch.
- Slip the stitch on the right needle back to the left needle, as it has not yet been worked.
- Resume work in pattern.