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This pretty Hatch Edge won’t bully your knit fabric like Garter.
This should be a short post because a picture is worth several hundred blog words. Garter edges are popular for their non-rolling properties, but they also have a very different row to stitch ratio than stockinette. Garter is a squat, condensed stitch compared to stockinette, which is why the two really don’t play nicely together. It’s the bully on the kindergarten playground forcing stockinette out of shape.
So what to do if you don’t want your edges to roll?
How about trying our Hatch Stitch Edge? It doesn’t warp the knit fabric, it reduces rolling and it’s pretty too! There are 4 stitches in this edge, but as you can see in the picture, they don’t take up much width. Really no more than a 2-stitch garter edge.
When blocking, you’ll want to turn your project over, run your fingers down the back of the two hatch stitches to open them up, then spread all four stitches out to lie flat while drying with the right side up.
.Free Scarf Pattern to Try it Out
We used it on our Manchester Scarf just published as part of a free e-book. These patterns are designed for you to test out some of our favorite new techniques so just pop on over to Ravelry to download the pattern and give it a try. The Manchester Scarf pattern has two “Nuances”; the Hatch Edge and perfectly matching right and left leaning Showy Decreases. You’ll find this edge in several of our upcoming projects as well. Don’t limit your ideas on where to use it to scarves and shawls. How about sleeveless shells (hint) and v-neck edges (hint, hint).
Isn’t social media an interesting thing? When I wrote this post, the edge was a detail on the Manchester Scarf announcement and a tease for the Fiftyfifty Shell about to be published in Knitty. The ‘real’ story was the matching Showy Decreases and the free pattern in Ravelry. However, this ended up being our all time most visited post, with over 15,000 views thanks to Pinterest and Knitting Universe readers.
Now that it’s turned into so much more, I’ll add the stitch pattern right here for your convenience. I still encourage you to knit the scarf, it’s simple and fun to see the impact that knitting Nuances can have on your projects.
I recently had a request for a Hatch Stitch Boarder. I haven’t had time to knit one up but here is the chart showing 2 repeats on all sides. You can add as many repeats as you like. The purl column has been retained to help prevent side rolling.
Want to try another non-rolling edge?
We just announced a new one. You can read about the Showy Ridge Edge in this blog post.
And even better! There is a free Nuancing Your Edges download for our blog followers! It includes 3 non-garter edges in an easy to print PDF file. Yes, 3 edges so you are getting a sneak peek at an unannounced edge.