(any number of sts)
This edging is extremely versatile. It’s easy and works with any number of stitches. It adds a little cord/twist look to a project without adding bulk. For a border that contrasts with the main fabric, make Round 1 in the project color and Round 2 in a contrasting color for a dramatic outline. It’s my go-to edging when I don’t know what else to do or if I want to keep the edging minimal. A project that is very busy in colorwork or stitchwork might balance well with an edging that is minimal. Note: Make the first row the same color as project so that the visual transition blends more smoothly. Rnd 1 (foundation rnd): Sc in each st or evenly spaced in ends of rows along edge so fabric lies flat. If you reach a corner or point, consider placing 3 sc in 1 space. At end of rnd, join with sl st in first sc (Photo A). Rnd 2: *Sl st in next st, ch 1; rep from * around; join with sl st in first sl st (Photo B). Finish off. Note: No special stitches are needed for corners.
(multiple of 4 sts + 1)
A flat pattern might benefit from the added pizzazz and “wow” factor of a more intricate edging such as Arches. Note: If desired, a foundation round, such as the one used on the Go-To Edging, could be worked before working Round 1 of Arches. Rnd 1: *Sc in next st, ch 3, skip 1 st, dc in next st, ch 3, skip 1 st; rep from * across to last st, skip next st, join with sl st in first sc (Photo C). Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same sc as joining, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3 *sc in next sc, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 3; rep from * around; join with sl st in first sc (Photo D). Finish off.
Columns & Arches
(multiple of 4 sts) Rnd 1: Sc in each st or evenly space sc so that the fabric lies flat (Photo E). Join with sl st in first sc. The total number of sc should be a multiple of 4 sts. Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining, ch 5, skip next dc, *sc in next dc, ch 5, skip next dc; rep from * around; join with sl st in first sc (Photo G). Note: Round 4 looks best when it is the same color as Round 3. Rnd 4: Work 7 sc in each ch-5 space around; join with sl st in first sc (Photo H). Finish off.
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