Crochet 101: Binding Off Tutorial

Hello, everyone!

This post is going up a day later than it normally would, and that’s because I had something else to share yesterday. To celebrate World Photography Day yesterday, I shared a bunch of my favorite pictures for family vacations. They weren’t professional photos, but they were pictures that I’d taken and ones that I’m very proud of. Go ahead and take a look at them here 🙂

World Photography Day

Related: World Photography Day!

Binding Off Tutorial

So, moving on! Over the last few weeks, I’ve been sharing some of the very basics of crochet with this Crochet 101 series, and this is the last lesson. It’s not the last tutorial ever, far from it, but it is the last basic lesson that I’ll be sharing for a while. This week, we’re going to cover binding off a crocheted piece and neatly weaving in ends.

Next in our Crochet 101 Series is learning how to bind off! Neatly finish your crochet pieces with this easy tutorial !

First, I’ll show you the video on binding off, then break it down with pictured instructions. At the end of this lesson, you’ll know how to make a slip knot, create a chain, work a single crochet, and how to bind off. With those Crochet 101 lessons, you can make a bunch of great beginner projects and I have some listed at the end for you!

Here’s the video! Oh, and binding off is the same this as fastening off. I wrote fastening off in the video, but I use the term “bind off” more often.


Easy, right? You’re really only securing the last stitch to make sure it doesn’t open up and unravel, but it’s super simple to do! Take a look at the pictured instructions below to see it again, step-by-step.

You can bind off at any point in the work, it doesn’t have to be at the beginning or end of a row. But for this, I’m fastening off after 9 rows of SC.

Binding Off Tutorial

1. Work up until the end of the row (or wherever you need to BO). After working your last stitch, YO.

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2. Chain 1. Pull the loop out larger than you normally would, so that it doesn’t unravel accidentally. Remove the hook.

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3. Cut your working yarn, and pull on the loop. Bring the tail out and give it a little tug to tighten it.


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And you’re all done!

You’ve finished binding off your crocheted piece. Now all you need to to do is weave in the ends of yarn that stick out so you have nice, neat edges. To do that, just use your crochet hook to bring the tail yarn in and out through the spaces in the piece. This tucks the tail away so you don’t see it and it doesn’t get in the way.

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Easy Crochet Patterns!

Now that you know the basics of crochet, you can go ahead and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. It’s tough to find a new hobby and then stick to it long enough to pick up a new skill. I hope these instructions and tutorials have been helpful, but you don’t have to stop here! I’ve only shared 5 of my 15 free lessons. The rest of the lessons include even more basic stitches, two decorative stitches, and 15 free patterns. You can get all of these in my ebook, The Beginner’s Guide to Crochet, which is available in the resource library! All you need to do is subscribe to The Blue Elephants and get the password for the library. Then, you can get the ebook (plus a bunch of other goodies).

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I recently came across this amazing pattern from Bethany over at Whistle and Ivy, and it’s absolutely perfect for beginners! Not only is it gorgeous, it’s done entirely in single crochet and it’s something fun for everyone. It’s the Crochet Pretzel Pillow!

Free Crochet Pattern: Crochet Pretzel Pillow | This fun, pretzel-shaped pillow is fun to make, and fun to use and is multifunctional!

Thank you so much for reading! I really hope it’s helped you learn how to crochet and maybe it’s even made you excited to learn more. I’m working on a few other crocheted things at the moment, so be sure to subscribe to stay updated (and get the freebies)! I’ll see you all soon 🙂

  • Thank you for sharing that with us. I had learned how to crochet a lifetime ago, when I was young but since I haven’t picked up a hook in years I’ve managed to forget everything. A refresh is always a good idea.

    • No problem, Mary. I didn’t crochet much while I was in school so I had some difficulty picking it back up afterwards, but it’s really easy, especially since you’ve already learned it before!

  • You always make this look so easy! 🙂

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    • Aw, thanks! It is really simple when you take it slowly!