Monday, January 12, 2009

Cool new-to-me edge join stitch

One of my favorite knitters is the very smart and creative Kim Salazar. In today's blog entry she talks about a "long loop join" she used for lace back in 2006. It's used, for example, to add an edge to a finished scarf. You cast on for the edge, then, she says, "Using the tip of your needle, pull a large loop through a stitch on the left-most chain selvedge of your scarf's body." Then you knit two rows of the edge with this long loop of yarn. When you get back to the scarf, you tighten up extra loop yarn and pick up another long loop at the next edge stitch.

Her working notes say, "The edging of this piece is knit onto the body of the scarf after the center strip is completed. The logic of the method isn't mine. I learned it doing the famous Forest Path Stole by Faina Letoutchaia, as published in the Summer 2003 issue of Interweave Knits."

Now I want to knit something that requires an edge, just so I can play with it. But wait - that's what swatches are for.

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