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Knitting Edge

Posted by: Calrita (IP Logged)
Date: June 05, 2009 11:08AM

I would like to knit an edge on the two bottom edges of a shawl, but am having problems of getting the cast on edge and the bind off edge to look similar. Edge pattern states as follows: After casting on, Row 1: knit 3, *bind off 3 sts, k3, rep from * to end. Rows 2-5 knit. I tried to work in the reverse so the bind off would look like the cast off, but I have not been successful. In reverse before binding off, I knitted 2-5 rows, k3, *cast on 3 sts (single cast on method), k3, rep from * to end. The next row I bind off. It just doesn't have the same look as the cast on edge. does anyone know how to facilitate this? I was trying to avoid knitting two halves or sewing on both edges because I am not very good at sewing pieces together. In addition, I have decided to knit shawls and blankets for various causes (cancer, births, etc.). This is a new project for me so any ideas, suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your input.


Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: June 05, 2009 12:15PM

You are creating an edging to an existing shawl, correct?

If I read what you posted as instructions correctly, it sounds as if you are creating some picots that are 3 stitches wide and since you did not indicate any increases in Rows 2-5, you will be reducing down the total number of cast-on stitches by all of those "bind off 3 stitches" that you will be doing.

How are you attaching this edging to your shawl? If you are attaching it to your shawl at either the cast-on or bind-off edge, the line will be hidden by your seam.

In knitting most bind offs do not match cast-ons very well. The two closest matches that I have found has been matching a crochet cast-on with a standard bind-off, and the sewn bind-off with a backward loop, or the long-tail cast-on. There is also the tubular cast-on and cast-off, but I don't think this would look very nice for edgings.

Posted by: Calrita (IP Logged)
Date: June 05, 2009 12:54PM

Yes. I want to continue knitting the shawl right after knitting the edge stitch and end with the edge stitch and bind off. I don't understand about the decreasing on the other end. I just k3 and cast on 3. Are you saying I should decrease somewhere. It is a simple loop edge, but I have wasted so much time. I may have to use a crochet edge, which is much easier or just learn how to sew pieces together. Thank you for your help.

Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: June 05, 2009 01:49PM

Now I get the idea of what you want to do.

If you really want them to match, I suggest that you knit one edging and then put the stitches on a holder. Make your other edging, make the body of your shawl and then graft that reserved edging to the other end.

Because of the structure of knitting, you will bee "off" by 1/2 of a stitch when you graft but that way your two edges will look identical.

Posted by: Calrita (IP Logged)
Date: June 06, 2009 05:32PM

I will try that. Again, thank you for your help.

Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: June 07, 2009 08:09PM

Let us know if it works out.