In the process of finishing a design call, I might have made a small contribution to the knitting craft.
Update 1: Check out my article regarding this pattern and my new baby cardigan “Fields of Spring” pattern in the March issue of Creative Knitting Magazine. Read more about it here.
Update 2: See step by step picture tutorial for this technique here.
Like many knitters, I often trad my knitting needles for a crochet hook when finishing a project. The main reason for me to do so is that most knitted finishing patterns -especially the more intricate ones- ask for a certain number of stitch multiples. In reality, when picking up stitches around a cardigan, a shawl, etc.; arriving at the corresponding multiples of 5, 8, … stitches could prove to be a difficult task. As a result, we often need to unravel or repeat the picking up process a couple of times before getting it to work nicely on a given project. By affording more flexibility and ease in finishing knitted garments, crochet techniques are widely used by knitters. That is until now!
I came up with this edging after looking up various available patterns and not liking most for the project at hand. The few I did like were either too complicated or I could not smoothly pick up the required number of stitches. I also was interested in something that was easy to knit and versatile enough to follow around an entire jacket.
So, my solution was to put together this easy to knit patten. Its versatility puts the knitter in control of the final look. By changing the needle size, yarn tension, etc., the edge can be wider or narrower and be flat or ruffled.
Here are the steps (pick up and knit stitches along the edge/s of finished garment or work on live stitches):
- k1, *yo, k1, Turn -3 sts.
- p1, kfbf of yo, p1, Turn -5 sts.
- bind off all 5 sts through the back loop as follows: *k2tog through back loop, slip st on right needle to left needle, repeat from * until only one st is left on right needle -1 st
Repeat the above steps from * for desired length.
Abbreviations: K1: knit 1 stitch
P1: purl 1 stitch
yo: yarn over needle
k2tog: k 2 sts together (decrease 1 st)
kfbf: knit into front, back & front of the same stitch
Hopefully this pattern would make finishing your future knitting projects an easier task.
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