Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Pi Shawl Ruffled Edging Instructions

This is my donation to the Pi Shawl oeuvre. A very minor donation, yes, but one I like a lot.

I put a ruffled edging on my shawl that doesn't curl and looks good from both sides when you fold it back at your neck.

You will need some basic crochet skills and a crochet hook one size smaller than your knitting needle to work this bind off, AND a knitting needle 1 or even 2 sizes larger than the needle you used for the rest of the shawl.

Pi Shawl Ruffled Bind-Off by Katie Rose Pryal

Once you have finished working the lace pattern of the last section of your shawl, and you are ready to bind off, do the following:

Switch to larger needles.

Set up round: Knit 5, m1, k5, m1, repeat to end of round. (m1 = lifted increase. See knittinghelp.com for directions)

Round 1: Knit all stitches. When you get to your stitch marker that marks the round, slip the marker, then, holding the yarn in front, slip the next stitch, move the yarn to the back of work, then slip that stitch back on to the left needle. Turn the work.

For those of you who know how to work short rows (and for those who don't), you have just done a "wrap and turn."

Round 2: Knit all stitches. Slip marker, wrap and turn.

You are working in garter stitch, obviously. This will prevent the edge from curling and create a fullness of fabric for the ruffle.

Round 3: As round 1.
Round 4: As round 2.
Round 5: K1, yo, k1, yo, repeat til end of round. Slip marker, wrap and turn.
Round 6: Knit all stitches.

Bind off using a crochet hook:
Set up: Insert hook through first loop, wrap yarn and pull through loop.
Bind off: Insert hook through loop, wrap yarn and pull through loop, wrap yarn again, pull through both loops. Repeat.

This will take FOREVER. You have about 1000 stitches on your needles, so put in a Lord of the Rings or something and just go for it.

1 comment:

HappyKATT said...

very helpful-thanks!