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I’ve been working on a number of projects that needed either decorative or non-rolling edges.
This gradient Showy Cable Cowl is next up on the list. I wanted pretty edges that would peek under the other when folded like this. Rolling wasn’t really an issue because of the ribbed pattern. (More on this fun yarn when the project is announced next week.)
As I’ve mentioned to several friends, I may have to explain to my husband that teaching at Jimmy Beans Wool is a negative income job. There’s always some new yarn that’s catching my eye. The last blog post talked about improvements in dyeing technology, and Malabrigo is one of the best when it comes to hand dyes.
This innovative new Caracol yarn caught my eye as the temperature drops in Tahoe. We just had 30 inches of snow over Mt. Rose yesterday. (Yes, really. I know, that’s crazy!)
A decorative cast on and bind off wasn’t necessary with this bulky yarn, but the simple Showy Decrease lines are a stockinette variation and tend to roll. You’ll see this cowl is also folded in half. It’s a nice way to create a non-bulky collar that can be pulled up when you go outside to the chilly weather.
The following cast on and bind off edges combine the two goals – decorative and non-rolling.
Why We Need Non-Rolling Edges
Stockinette can roll, on both the top and bottom and side to side. Today we’re looking at the cast on and bind off edge issue. I have other side solutions coming soon but you can check out the Hatch Stitch Edge now. It’s our most popular blog post ever!
Many patterns fight this roll with instructions that say “cast on and knit 2 rows”. It is effective as you can see in the lower photo, but does it pass the pretty test?
My solution combines a pretty cast on (Resilient Cast On) and bind off (the fantastic new Knotted K2Tog Bind Off) with a few common stitches: slip, seed, garter and knit 1 row below. How they line up is the key to how this edge looks and functions. It’s really hard to get cast on and bind off edges to match, these are pretty close.
A Swatch to See How It Works(you need circular needles for the cast on)
Link to other blog posts about the Resilient Cast On and Knotted K2tog Bind Off for more details (including video tutorials) on these techniques. Links are included below.
** The free PDF download swatch tutorial has repeat details so you can actually knit the swatch. Below is just the concept.
Cast On Edge:
Bind Off Edge:
More Help Please Laura!
OK, so there are a bunch of details in there. None of them are hard on their own but I thought a printable handout and quick video would help. Soooo, just for you, check out the links below for all of that!