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Knitted Edging: The Perfect Match (and voting for a new KAL!)

Aug 7, 2009

A Happy Edging

A friend of mine just finished a garter stitch baby blanket and when my knitting group saw the finished product we decided it needed a border of some sort.

My friend didn't want a plain garter border, so I pulled out the new Harmony Guide, Knit Edgings and Trims: 150 Stitches, and we looked through it and found the perfect border: Garter Stitch Points. (When the blanket is finished, I'll post a photo.)

Here's the pattern in case you have a garter stitch blanket that's lonley for its perfect border.

Worked from bottom edge upwards.
Ends with multiple of 13 sts.
Note: Each point is worked separately and then joined on one row.

Cast on 2 sts.
1st row: K2.
2nd row: Yo, k2. (3sts)
3rd row: Yo, k3. (4sts)
4th row: Yo, k4. (5sts)
5th row: Yo, k5. (6sts)
6th row: Yo, k6. (7sts)
7th row: Yo, k7. (8sts)
8th row: Yo, k8. (9sts)
9th row: Yo, k9. (10sts)
10th row: Yo, k10. (11 sts)
11th row: Yo, k11. (12 sts)
12th row: Yo, k12. (13 sts)

1st to 12th rows form one point. Cut yarn and leave finished point on needle. On the same needle, cast on 2 sts and work 2nd point.
Cont this way until there are as many points as required.
Do not cut yarn after completing the last point, but turn and knit across all points on needle.
Work 9 rows in garter stitch.
These 21 rows form the edging.
Bind off or cont as required.
Weave in loose ends.

I really like this border because it's simple but interesting, and since it's in garter stitch it'll go perfectly with the blanket. A lot of edgings are so ornate (and beautiful!) that they don't go with simple stitch patterns, but with this book you'll find an edging or trim that'll work for anything from simple garter stitch to fancy lace.

In fact, as my friend and I were looking through Knit Edgings and Trims, we found so many lovely borders it got me thinking about other projects to add borders to. I think mittens would be a great project to add a border to--just make a pair of plain stockinette mittens with a very short cuff, and add one of the fabulous borders to the cuffs instead of knitting the cuffs from the mitten pattern. How easy is that? Or add one of the borders to the waist of a cardigan instead of doing the ribbing or whatever waist treatment is called for in your pattern. There's lots of ways to use these borders--just looking through the book will inspire you.

All of the Harmony Guides are fantastic, and this one is no exception. You should also check out Crochet Edgings and Trims. Sometimes a crocheted border is just the ticket to finish a knitted project.


The first knit-a-long in the Kathleen's Knit-a-long forum has been a smashing success. Working through the Monkey Sock pattern together has been a blast: and we've all gotten great tips and inspiration, and we've made some new friends, too! Our next KAL will start on Monday, August 17. If you haven't finished your Monkey Socks, don't panic--the forum will stay alive as long as you need it to.

Here are some options for the next project in Kathleen's Knit-a-long. Please take the survey and tell me which project you want to knit.

Central Park Hoodie (please, please. . .)

Diagonal Rib Socks

Every Way Wrap

Feminine Mittens

Leaves on the Path Scarf

I'm off to the Sock Summit in Portland, Oregon--so tune in next week for some photos and stories from the Summit!

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hapa.haole wrote
on Nov 23, 2010 7:53 AM

Have you finished the blanket?  If you have is there a picture posted somewhere?

Just very, very curious.

LLT wrote
on Jan 5, 2010 9:14 PM

Central park hoodie oh please I beg I am wavering about my skill level after purchasing the pattern!

Ung Ing wrote
on Nov 20, 2009 9:03 PM

It's look so cute, thank you for the scarf.

on Aug 18, 2009 1:28 PM

If you are still looking for that "special" yarn for the Central Park Hoodie, take a look at the Peace Fleece website.  They have awesome heathered and tweeded yarns.  The colors are just gorgeous and may even cost less than some yarns this quality can.  I ordered and am excitedly waiting for my pick to arrive so I can start the project.


ladyjanet wrote
on Aug 12, 2009 11:59 AM

I love that scarf!  Hmmm... wonder why I like leaves... think it's the treehugger in me!

yarngirl52 wrote
on Aug 11, 2009 3:31 PM

Looks like I am in the minority. I voted for the socks.

azlagos wrote
on Aug 10, 2009 8:43 AM

I vote for the hoodie.

KnitNoir wrote
on Aug 10, 2009 8:04 AM

Thumbs up for the pointed edging. I love that it's not too fussy or delicate looking, which I find so many edgings are. And I voted for the wrap. Cheers!

SueH wrote
on Aug 9, 2009 8:19 AM

Garter stitch edging:  So I have to weave in an end for every point?   And how does the edging get attached to the body?  Sounds like a heck of a lot of work.

Mammadonna wrote
on Aug 9, 2009 7:29 AM

I voted for the scarf but wish I had voted for the Every Way Wrap. I'd like more of a challenge.  I know the KAL starts on Aug 17 but when will you decide on which project???

ElizaH wrote
on Aug 9, 2009 12:59 AM

I vote for the scarf, even tho I would love to knit the everyway wrap, it's too much just now and I want this to be only fun.

From Sweden on a lovely summer morning!

on Aug 8, 2009 5:37 PM

When I clicked on the link to the Every Way Wrap, I went to a page for buying Interweave Knits, single issue. Since the other links take me to a pattern, I'm wondering if I would have to buy the magazine, or is this an error. I had a similar experience with a previous email newsletter, so thought I should check in to make sure.

BarbaraB wrote
on Aug 8, 2009 1:35 PM

I, too, missed the monkey socks but will join in with the next KAL.  I vote for the scarf or the Central Park Hoodie - not fussy which.   The KAL on either will get me going. I have never knitted socks before so I hope socks will be on the list again in the future.

on Aug 8, 2009 1:33 PM

I vote for the hoodie but would love to do any of the others.  I just got in on the end of the KAL for the Mondey Socks but still plan to make them.  This will be my first time doing the KAL.

Regen Ton wrote
on Aug 8, 2009 11:10 AM

i vote for hoodie!!!  i know probably a ton of people have already made this but, i have drooled over it for a while and would love the support since it's a bigger project@!!  

knitjudi wrote
on Aug 8, 2009 7:58 AM

Good morning to all! It's raining hard in Michigan. I missed the first KAL (monkey socks) and look forward to the next. I voted for the hoodie (hope it wins).

PennyT wrote
on Aug 8, 2009 6:20 AM

I'm with Pinkarwensocks, what a terrible suggestion to use an edging pattern that would involve a million ends and tedious repeated cast ons to finish a simple garter stitch blanket?  There are so many easier to use and much more attractive edgings readily available why bother with that "not very special" looking one?

on Aug 7, 2009 5:22 PM

OMG I don't like the idea of all the ends those points would create. I'd be sewing them in for days! Otherwise....pretty way to finish off a blankie.

BONNIEK@3 wrote
on Aug 7, 2009 3:45 PM

I am with you CoralS, I love the wrap!

CoralS wrote
on Aug 7, 2009 1:18 PM

Well it looks like I'm in the minority.  The CPH is SO 3 years ago (hee hee). I personally would love to knit the Every Way Wrap.

Jamie wrote
on Aug 7, 2009 10:35 AM

I voted for the Hoodie, since it's in my "knit this season" queue.  I will probably make the scarf as well.

I've already knitted two of the new scarf patterns, Myopia and Wavy Orange, and both look great!  I couldn't find the specified yarns, so I substituted 2 strands of Brown Sheep Burly Spun for the Myopia and Mirasol Sulka for the Wavy Orange.  My daughter goes to college in upstate New York, so she gets both of them (we live in the much more temperate Silicon Valley).  The leaf scarf would be for me, since it is much lighter weight.

By the way, there is a minor error in Myopia.  The row numbers are off in the second half of the pattern.  They should read:  19-22, 23, 24, 25-30.  This will give a balanced pattern with three garter ridges in every garter section.

SusanB@193 wrote
on Aug 7, 2009 9:32 AM

I have wanted to knit the Central Park Hoodie since it first came out.  A KAL would finally get me going on it.  I have the pattern; the big decision will be which yarn to use.  Susan

chi wrote
on Aug 7, 2009 9:00 AM

Scarf for me too. Already have someone in mind to gift it to. Great about the Knit Edging & Trim Kal not much info around regarding this topic especially for Knit-on borders for lace shawls etc.

Eileen wrote
on Aug 7, 2009 8:44 AM

I love this book-so many interesting finishes that I never knew existed!

Barb.kiella wrote
on Aug 7, 2009 6:51 AM

My daughter ran across this pattern. I bought it last spring with the full intention of knitting it this fall. I'm still looking for the right yarn for it that won't break the bank. She's a college junior and I have a few more tuition payments. HELP!

SharonV wrote
on Aug 7, 2009 6:37 AM

Wow!  I vote for the scarf, but the mittens are tempting too.   Hmm ... maybe I can work the scarf magic on the mittens ...