I just finished a gift for someone who has recently become very important in my life. I wasn’t sure I would be able to finish it though because I realized I didn’t have enough yarn to make it as long as I’d like. Of course, that didn’t stop me. Instead, I played yarn chicken.

We’re all familiar with the game of chicken. Two people race at each other (on foot, on bike, in a car, whatever) until one person blinks and turns away. Yarn chicken is when a knitter isn’t sure she or he will have enough yarn to finish the project, but instead of modifying the pattern or finding more yarn, they just plow ahead with reckless abandon. Who will win? The yarn or the knitter.

My playing yarn chicken isn’t really what this post is about (we both blinked. I was able to bind off completely but I had to end two rows short in a section of garter stitch). What this post is about is the amazing bind off I was recently made aware of.

Credit where credit is due. I have a friend in one of my knitting groups that knits beautiful, beautiful shawls. Seriously, beautiful stuff on tiny needles. This week, she blew my mind: Deanna showed how she was able to bind off a shawl (on the long edge) with only six inches of yarn left over. How did she do that, you may ask? Fear not. I asked for us all.

I present the Yarnless bind off.

It’s not super stretchy. It’s not quite as pretty as the K1, K2tog-tbl which I tend to favor. But if ever I play Yarn Chicken and lose, BAM! Bound off.

Have you played Yarn Chicken? How did that work out for you? Let me know in the comments.