Knitting a border on separately... out loud so far.

For the triangular shawl I just completed I chose a border from Victorian Lace Today. It's 25 stitches and a 14 row repeat. The border is joined to the center at the beginning of every even row. I got about seven rows into the first repeat (each repeat is 14 rows) and was REALLY not impressed with how the joins looked. Not to mention how terribly cumbersome the process is. The book is great, and the patterns are gorgeous, but after that brief experience, I'll likely not be doing many of the patterns from it.

My other option was a border from Knitted Lace of Estonia where the stitches are picked up around the edge and knit. That seems a bit more feasable, and I'll certainly give it a try. I wonder if I can modify the other border to be knit this way....hmmm....must do some homework before I proceed.

The third option which I IMMEDIATELY threw out was knitting the border and then grafting it to the center piece with kitchener stitch. I think not!

Anyway, does anyone have any tips, tricks, and secrets they can share on how to do this? Anything to make it easier? Less frustrating? Less cumbersome?


HuskerChub's picture

No advice but to stop whining like a girly man and just do it LOL! I just looked at the picture over the shout box and it's a collection of willie warmers and I am now rethinking this advice hmmmmmmmmmm... I'm in full agreement I hate doing it, I'm within a few inches of finishing the beautiful white cape from the same book and I just can't seem to get it back out to work on it. Once you get the rhythm down it goes pretty fast. I finished the edge of a large mobius with knit on I-cord ONCE and will never do that again. It took me 3 times as long to do the icord as it did to knit the scarf. Unfortunatly, a lot of times it's the edging that really makes the shawl as special as it is.

Tallguy's picture

Agreed. The edging takes so very long to do... but does really finish off the piece. Well worth all the time spent on it.

As for joining, I've always used the K2tog.... it seems to work well. Once it is washed and blocked, it looks quite good. Don't be too quick to judge... give it a try. You didn't do the edging on your swatch? Perfect place for it. Wash, block, then decide.

Aaronknits's picture


New York Built's picture

I'm so disappointed.

Aaron, I thought you were a rough, tough, spittin', cursin', pissin' lace man. Now, all I can think is you getting whipped by a bunch of Baltic girls. I need a drink. Straight Jack, neat, for want a Shirley Temple?

"Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends."
– Francis Bacon

Every person I encounter teaches me more about myself. Without whom not.

Aaronknits's picture

Vodka for me, thanks. Maybe that'll help.

MMario's picture

I don't know if they have you slipping the first stitch on the alternate rows...but I do this routinely - it reduces the bulk of the join.

learning to "knit backwards" as in entrelac is a huge benefit when knitting on edges.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

Aaronknits's picture

It's not bulk that's the problem. Maybe I just got a closer look at how it should be. These things are terribly hard to determine from the photos in the book. Maybe a time out will help too.