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STITCH TECH ♥ the B&T method of stitch security

Stitch Tech: how to B&T

Quick question… What do you call that drawstring-like technique so commonly used for fastening off without having to actually bind off stitches? Do you know the one I’m talking about? It’s that stitch-gathering thing we do for hats, gloves, toys, hearts and more…
But what is the name of it?

Does it even have a name?!?

Stitch Tech—B&T

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Yes actually, it does. For some reason, though, this simple method of stitch security is rarely referred to by name. But why is that? And what’s in a name, anyway?!?

Well several years ago, I discovered Jean Greenhowe‘s whimsical knitting pattern world of clowns and dolls. That’s when I first read instructions for the B&T. Yup! And to this day, as far as I can tell, she is the only one who calls the B&T by name. Perhaps now you will join us? 😉

B&T stands for
“break & thread through”
and/or “bind & tighten”

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PS … Special thanks to a couple of inquiringly lovely readers (one via facebook / one via Ravelry) who messaged me about this technique 🙂 My apologies for taking so long to post this info, but thanks for nudging my blogful “Stitch Tech page” butt into gear! 🙂


15 responses

  1. that is so adorable

    Liked by 2 people

    March 6, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    • LoL … thanks! Who says stitch safety can’t be fun, right?!? 😉 ♥ ❤


      March 6, 2015 at 5:03 pm

  2. I absolutely love Jean Greenhowe’s knitting booklets. Her softies patterns are adorable. They’re very difficult to find outside the US. Last year I was lucky enough to find 4 of these booklets in a vintage shop for a bargain!!! I couldn’t believe it!!!

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    March 9, 2015 at 12:20 am

    • Ooooh good for you! Which booklets? Have you knit any yet? I have her Red Nose Gang & Golfing Clown & Christmas Special & Traditional Favourites 🙂 The golfing & one other clown have been in a WIP state for too long… I really ought to finish those! 😉 ♥ ❤


      March 9, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      • It took me a while to answer because I had to check eheh I have the dolls and teddys, the hedgehogs, llittle gift dolls and the topsy-turnabout dolls. I made a typo there and almost called them tipsy dolls ahahah! I still haven’t dared to make any but it’s definitely in my bucket list and I’ll be sure to show them to the world! 😉


        March 11, 2015 at 1:59 am

        • LoL … I’ve made the teddy bear a few times and a couple of clowns, all given as gifts. Oh, and her humpty-dumpty—one gifted, another for my inner-child 😉 Someday I’ll get around to making a topsy-tipsy doll, too. Fun knits! 🙂 ♥ ❤


          March 11, 2015 at 7:33 pm

  3. Pingback: Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart . . . a tiny free knitting pattern | knitting with heart

  4. Thank you for following ThusNSuch. I love your blog – it has a cozy feeling. 🙂 I often wondered what theme you are using?

    Liked by 1 person

    December 12, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    • Love your cozy coffee blog(s) and poetic wit as well, Eugenia ❤
      My blog's theme is “Modularity Lite” on the dark setting.
      The purple stockinette background is a separate graphic,
      which I created using Adobe Illustrator 🙂 💜 Jackie@KWH


      December 12, 2017 at 7:21 pm

  5. At the Human Computer Interaction Symposium this year, I heard a great talk about the women who “knitted” the circuit boards of the early computers in the space program. It may take some time to find the reference.

    Liked by 1 person

    December 27, 2017 at 2:06 pm

  6. I am probably the least accomplished knitter among your readers. (I only make things that are square or rectangular…) But, I like to dream. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    April 8, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    • Ohhh dear… probably not, JOYj ❤ I'm sure your square/rectangular projects are lovely! Hope you'll give my tiny hearts a try, too. Such small projects are ideal for practicing new stitch techniques, since they contain so few stitches to begin with! 🙂 💜 Jackie@KWH


      April 8, 2019 at 3:38 pm

  7. Have a blessed Christmas!!

    Liked by 1 person

    December 17, 2019 at 11:37 am

    • Ohhh thanks, Nora ❤ Wishing you a blessed Christmas, also! It's beginning to look a lot like I'll need a Christmas miracle, but do hope to pull a post out of my blogful slump in time to celebrate Christmas 🙁🙏💜 Jackie@KWH


      December 17, 2019 at 12:06 pm

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