More notes on attaching edgings while knitting

As a little addendum, it is worthwhile to note that in some traditional styles of knitting lace, they did not work a set up round where they worked around the circumference and picked up and knit a certain number of stitches.

They would work simply pick up the stitch at the cast on or the side loop when they got to the point where it was needed for working the decrease which would attach the edging to the piece.

 The knitting was frequently done over a garter stitch ground, meaning they worked every row over a ground of knit stitch. They also slipped each row as if to knit, giving that nice chained edge where you have a single loop for every two rows. Where this method needs care in working are in the ends where you are working with either live stitches, or the cast on edge where typically each stitch is worked, and attached/decreases at the rate of one stitch for every two rows. Depending on the gauge of the edging and the gauge of the main piece of lace, this may or may not get you into trouble. You can, in fact, crowd the edge quite a bit – up to as many as a third again what you would have it you worked in gauge as described in the previous post.

This method is not without merit, however, as you do not have that extra round. Particularly your gauge is the same for both the main piece and your edging. In that case, you can attach one loop for each 2 rows of edging. You are in fact attaching rows to rows, and there is one loop for every two rows. You attach every other row, so you are good to go that way.

There are a number of issues to consider if you want to fudge it a little between the mathematics of the previous post and this method for the rows. It all goes back to gauge. If you are using the same needle and are picking up and knitting along that vertical edge, if you pick up one stitch for each loop (knitting is, afterall, forgiving) and, say you have 6 spi and 8 rpi. That means you would have 4 stitches per inch along that vertical edge. You are no longer attaching rows to rows, you are attaching rows to stitches, since there is a round of stitches now.

You also have one third less stitches than you would if you attached without picking up and knitting (you would work the decrease with the loop, not picking up and knitting with the loop and then attaching when the knitting got to that point). That could really constrict your edge.

So, you can see how the traditional method, if both pieces are the same gauge, has it’s advantages for the vertical edge. I would still figure what the I need to consume the horizontal stitches, though. that way I know I will have an edging that behaves perfectly.

Peace and Knitting, JoLene Treace

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