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I needed a decorative edge for a design of a Showy Garter crescent shawl. While garter stitch doesn’t roll, the edges can be a bit drab. In the process of playing with bulky stitches I developed a technique that also works well for a cast on and bind off. The bind off edge had me so excited it earned me a ‘Have you lost your mind?’ look from my husband when I jumped out of my seat one evening with a resounding “YES!”.
There are two things about most of my designs you may have noticed by now. First, you will almost always find a Showy Decrease adding dimension to the knit fabric. And second, I love interesting edges. Very rarely will you find a pattern without a decorative or bulky cast on, side edge or bind off.
Here’s what’s new: Wrap 2 Stitches as part of K2tog
Wrapping is used in certain stitch patterns, smocking for example, to create horizontal lines and gathered stitches. Here we are wrapping 2 sts as part of a k2tog.
The wrap creates a knotted look that adds definition to our Knotted K2Tog Bind Off, and in future blogs (soon) we’ll show it with our Knotted Cast On and a nubby side stitch as well. Since it is just 2 stitches, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to work and it has the added benefit of being stretchy.
Let’s Get Started with a Photo Tutorial and Video!
Here are two ways to learn about this technique.
First, there is a PDF photo tutorial you can download. It spells out the techniques and shows you how to work it step-by-step.
And now for the first time, you can see me work our Nuances on You Tube. We’ll be announcing that in the next blog post but there’s no need to wait. The video is already posted and available here on our You Tube Channel.
I recommend you download the photo tutorial, then grab some needle and scrap yarn and watch the video. I’m sure this will become your favorite bind off too.
One last thing, as shown here, the Knotted K2Tog Bind Off is perfect for curved edges or flares. Let me know what you think.