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« on: June 17, 2006 11:18:27 AM »

Alrighty amazing knitters!  Grin

I need your help. I am knitting a shawl for my mom, and I am almost done with the shawl part. The shawl is a long rectangle (right now it looks like a really wide scarf, but I would like to attach a border to it all around).

Now, here's the question part. I would like to get a ripple effect on the edge but the only lace patterns I know of (and that are free) that do that is the soleil lace (from knitty, http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTsoleil.html ). More importantly, they start to ripple from the bottom.

I would like to be able to pick up stiches from all around the shawl and simply knit outwards, and bind off to create the ripple. Are there any lace patterns (preferebly free) that do that?

And if not, how do you attach a border to a shawl? Should I sew it on? How?  Huh

Thanks so much!
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2006 11:21:05 AM »

Sorry I can't help you (I'm a beginner knitter) but I'm interested in the replies you'll get!  Wink
Good luck.. and post pics of your completed work!

« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2006 12:24:21 PM »

Now, I don't have experience with this but I think it could work:

Simply pick up an even number of stitches, k the first row, then k2tog across the row.  Next row, do the same, k2tog across.  Not sure how many rows you can do this on but it cuts the stitches in half (of course) on each row and creates a ruffle.  Another alternative is to take your yarn to the library or bookstore and test some stitch patterns from Nicky Epstein's Knitting On the Edge and Knitting Over the Edge books.  Actually, that might be your best bet.  You'll definitely find something you like that way.

Happy knitting!

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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2006 07:18:14 PM »

sappmama - thanks for your idea.

Actually, I found a lace pattern that would do nicely, but I'm wondering how to attach it to the main scarf/shawl part?

How do you sew knitting that you want to lie flat?  Undecided
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2006 04:50:34 PM »

Ooh.  I'm stumped there.  Maybe someone with more expertise can help.  (Not that I have that much.)

« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2006 01:26:57 PM »

How about the Feather & Fan pattern?  (Sometimes called Old Shale--you can find it in pretty much any stitch dictionary.  It's very easy.)

How to attach:
--Pick up stitches all around the shawl (one in each stitch and three or so in each corner stitch so the corners don't pucker!  Plus whatever fudge factor so the lace pattern repeats come out right)
--Knit the lace pattern in the round using these stitches.  Remember to increase a little at the corners each round or two to prevent puckering.
--Bind off as usual!

It's a pain to pick up all those stitches but it's easier than sewing on a border, wondering if you've made the border long enough, etc.

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