I needed a border to put around the tuck baby blanket I just completed in my previous post, of 20 March 17. Because I had one unsightly side because I had yarn ends to do something with, I thought the easiest way around that was to do an edging that enclosed them. I ran onto Diana Sullivan’s Scalloped Foldover Trim on YouTube and thought that would work perfectly plus look very nice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-8n2X8vlGo&t=10s However after I got the blanket done, I thought that I wanted something a bit wider so I experimented and came up with a nice border just by adding another tuck row to Diana’s trim. It still folded over great and does look nice.
I started with waste yarn and ravel cord because I wanted to have live stitches to be able to do an invisible graft to the other end when I got done. I made the blanket on my KX350 at T5 with sport and DK weight yarns. The yarn for the border was a bit heavier and I wanted it nice and soft so I went up to T6. But this border can be done on any machine with appropriate yarn and tension.
1. CO 11 stitches with waste yarn and ravel cord, knit 1 row to the left,
2. * Put machine on hold, pull needles 3, 5, 7 and 9 out to hold position,
3. Knit 4 rows,
4. Push needles back to working position and knit 2 rows. *
Repeat this pattern from * to * for 1800 rows! Yes, 1800. Then scrap off to leave live stitches to be able to unravel and adjust for size and grafting to the other end later.
I used a 3/15 thinner weight yarn and a running stitch to sew the border to the back side. Make sure to adjust stitching so the edging lays flat without flaring or puckering. Gather up the border on the corners to make nice turns. I then sewed the front side down. I was afraid that it wouldn’t lay flat during the trips thru the washer and dryer so I loosely ran another running stitch thru both layers of the border, next to the inside row of tucks.
I did a bit of experimenting to see how I wanted to attach the edging and decided to go under the ladder after the first full stitch of the border (much like mattress stitching), the picked up a stitch on the edge of the blanket. Then go back and pick up the ladder, then over to the blanket. Snug up the sewing yarn but don’t pull it tight. It may take a bit of practice to see what you like best.