3 Ap­plied Smooth Edg­ings for Your Knit­ting

A nar­row ap­plied edg­ing is a beau­ti­ful, sim­ple way to fin­ish a gar­ment’s edges. It leaves a smooth line of stitches along the edge of the work that adds sta­bil­ity while not adding much width. You can achieve this type of edg­ing in a few dif­fer­ent ways; ea

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By Meghan Jones

This ar­ti­cle ex­plains how to work both the stan­dard ap­plied I-cord edg­ing as well as two other al­ter­na­tives. All three meth­ods use a 3-stitch edg­ing that’s worked af­ter pick­ing up the cor­rect num­ber of stitches along the main fab­ric edge. Note: Pick­ing up the cor­rect num­ber of stitches is the key to suc­cess! See the side­bar for how to cal­cu­late the num­ber stitches to pick up.

Ap­plied I-Cord Edg­ing

This method is worked with the right side of the fab­ric al­ways fac­ing. A 3-stitch ap­plied I-cord is com­prised of 2 knit stitches and an ssk de­crease that joins the I-cord to a stitch that was picked up along the edge of the main fab­ric. Af­ter the I-cord is joined to a picked-up stitch, the 3 stitches are slipped back to the left-hand nee­dle, and the yarn is brought be­hind the I-cord so that it’s ready to work the next row.

Work the ap­plied I-cord edg­ing as fol­lows:

Work ei­ther across un­bound-off stitches on a hor­i­zon­tal edge, or pick up and knit the re­quired num­ber of stitches along the ver­ti­cal or hor­i­zon­tal edges of the main fab­ric. Then, us­ing the knit cast-on (see page 80), cast on 3 stitches. With the right side fac­ing, *k2, then ssk the last I-cord stitch and next picked-up stitch, do not turn. Slip the 3 stitches back to the left­hand nee­dle; take the yarn around the back of the work ready to work the next row. Re­peat from * un­til all picked-up stitches have been joined to the edg­ing.

Bind off 3 stitches and cut the yarn, leav­ing an 8-inch tail. If work­ing the I-cord around a con­tin­u­ous edge, sew the last 3 stitches to the 3 cast-on stitches.

Ap­plied Dou­bleKnit Edg­ing

An ap­plied dou­ble-knit edg­ing looks sim­i­lar to an ap­plied I-cord, but it’s not as round. In­stead, it’s two-sided and has a crisper “edge” at the out­side. To make dou­ble-knit fab­ric, stitches are worked and slipped al­ter­nately. The stitches that are slipped on the right-side rows are worked on the wrong-side row, and vice versa. Since this edg­ing is worked with 3 stitches, 1 stitch is slipped on the right side and 2 stitches are slipped on the wrong side.

Work the ap­plied dou­ble-knit edg­ing as fol­lows:

Pick up and knit the re­quired num­ber

of stitches along the edge of the main fab­ric. Us­ing the knit cast-on, cast on 3 stitches. Row 1 (RS): K1, sl 1 wyif, ssk us­ing last edg­ing st and next picked-up st; turn. Row 2 (WS): Sl 1 wyif, k1, sl 1 wyif.

Re­peat Rows 1 and 2 un­til all pickedup stitches have been joined to the edg­ing.

As you can see in Photo 5, the ap­plied dou­ble-knit edg­ing (bot­tom) is much flat­ter and crisper than the ap­plied I-cord edg­ing (top).

Ap­plied Stock­inette Edg­ing

The ap­plied stock­inette stitch edg­ing cre­ates an open tube that looks sim­i­lar to I-cord be­cause of the fab­ric’s nat­u­ral ten­dency to curl. All three stitches are worked on both right-side and wrong­side rows. Be­cause this is es­sen­tially stock­inette stitch, it’s a ter­rific edg­ing to use for striped or col­or­work projects where dif­fer­ent col­ors of yarn are car­ried up the side. The edge curls around the back and hides those car­ried yarns from view (the curl­ing wrong side is shown in Photo 7).

Work ap­plied stock­inette edg­ing as fol­lows:

Pick up and knit the re­quired num­ber of stitches along the edge of the main fab­ric. Us­ing the knit cast-on, cast on 3 stitches. Row 1 (RS): K2, ssk last edg­ing st and next picked-up st; turn. Row 2 (WS): P3.

Re­peat Rows 1 and 2 un­til all pickedup stitches have been joined to the edg­ing.

Photo 1 Ap­plied I-Cord Edg­ing Top

Photo 2 Ap­plied I-Cord Edg­ing Side

Photo 7 Stock­inette Edg­ing Top WS to Show Curl

Photo 3 Dou­ble Knit Edg­ing Top

Photo 5 I-Cord Com­pared With Dou­ble-Knit Edg­ing

Photo 6 Stock­inette Edg­ing Side

Photo 4 Dou­ble Knit Edg­ing Side

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