Fasten Off?

I’m doing my first big knitting project, a sweater. I’m doing the left front and at the end it says to ‘Fasten Off’.

I’m guessing it may be a different technique than casting off.

Can anyone explain what I need to do?


I think it [I]does[/I] mean to cast off. I could be wrong, though. Is it possible to link to the pattern so we could see it?

These are the directions for this part of the sweater…

With smaller needles, cast on 36(40-42-48) sts.
Row 1 (RS): * K1, p1, rep from * to last 2 sts, end k2.
Row 2: * K1, p1, rep from * across. Rep these 2 rows until piece measures 1" from beg, end on Row 1.
Next Row (WS): Work 5 sts and sl these sts onto a holder, p to end – 31(35-37-43) sts. Change to larger needles and work even in St st until piece measures 2" from beg, end on WS.
Shape Waist: Dec Row (RS): K2, SSK, k to end. Rep this dec every 2" twice more – 28(32-34-40) sts. Piece should measure 6" from beg. Work even until piece measures 7-1/2" from beg, end on WS.
Inc Row (RS): K2, M1k, k to end. Rep this inc every 1-1/4" twice more – 31(35-37-43) sts. Work even until piece measures 12" from beg, end on WS.
Shape Raglan Armhole: Bind off 2(3-4-4) sts at beg of the next row, then p 1 row.
Row 3 (RS): K3, K2SP, k to end.
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: K3, KSP, k to end.
Row 6: Purl. Rep Rows 5 and 6 21 times more.
For ALL sizes: AT THE SAME TIME, when 11(11-12-12) sts remain on needle and armhole measures 7-1/2(8-8-8-1/2)", end on RS.
Shape Neck (WS): Bind off 2(2-3-3) sts at beg of the next row then, continuing to work armhole decs, dec 1 st at neck edge EVERY row 5 times. [B]Fasten off.[/B]

By the time you do all the decs, the last one will leave you with just 1 st. So fasten off would mean to cut your yarn and pull the tail throuh.

That makes sense. Thank you so much for your help.

i have no clue…lol