This is what I did:
- dk yarn
- size 4mm needles
- cast on 12 stitches
- row 1: slip one, knit one, (yarn over, purl 2 together) 4 times, knit 2
- repeat this row until the desired length is reached
- cast off
Yes...that's it...just one row repeated; quite monotonous, but easy and a great mindless project.
The next photo shows what your knitting will look like on your needle.
The finished result is strong, pretty and reversible. If, like me, you end up with a wavy edge after sewing squares together, this is the edging for you. It is a flexible stitch and, if you make it wide enough, the wavy effect disappears on the outer edge.
You can cast on any even number of stitches. My 12 stitches produced an edging measuring approximately 2.5 inches or 6.5 cms. I felt that this was too wide to try to bend it around the blanket's corners, so I edged each side separately and stitched them together at the corners. But a narrower edging should bend easily. Try casting on just 6 stitches if you want it to bend.
I used King Cole Comfort yarn as that is what I used to edge the individual squares. But this stitch would work with most yarns. I can see it making a great scarf as well. I knit with an average tension and 28 stitches would make me a scarf measuring approximately 7 inches or 18 cms wide.
I wouldn't describe this edging as a fast knit. Crochet wins hands down for speed. But if you want a pretty edging and can't crochet, this is worth trying. Feel free to ask me any questions and I'd love to see your finished projects.
CREDIT: I am really grateful to Dayana from Ravelry who added the writing to my second photo. Her lovely blog is Dayana Knits.
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