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« on: June 12, 2008 08:15:37 AM »

What are your suggestions for adding ruffled edges to all four sides of a square or a rectangle?

Thank you!
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2008 11:18:26 AM »

Pick up sts all the way around, then next round, kfb or M1 between every st, depending on how you do incs, do one round plain, then another increase round. Go as long as you want.

« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2008 06:48:22 AM »

Right, that would be splendid for a smaller project... How about something like a blanket/throw or a very large shawl?  No needles would be long enough to accommodate this...
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2008 08:57:22 AM »

You can scrunch a lot of stitches on a circular.... But it depends - there's a lot of difference between a baby blanket and a full bed size one.

« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2008 12:13:35 PM »

Right, that would be splendid for a smaller project... How about something like a blanket/throw or a very large shawl?  No needles would be long enough to accommodate this...

If you had some of the interchangeable needle sets, like the Boye, you could . . . just keep adding needle cables until you get the length you need!  That might get pretty heavy.  If that was the case, you could just add a ruffle per side and then sew them together - or not!
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2008 07:25:06 PM »

There's a thought, pick up sts on each edge separately, make the ruffle and seam the ruffle edges together.

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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2008 10:38:58 AM »

It might also be possible to do a short row ruffle and sew it on...

cast on say 10 stitches
*k8, turn
k8, turn (end of row)
k6, turn
k6, turn (end of row)
k8, turn
k8, turn (end of row)
k 10 (end of row)*
repeat between *...* until you've got a long enough ruffle.  For the corners you would probably need to do a few extra repeats in one place to make it work.

Something like that anyway... that way you could sew it onto the edge later or you could pick up one from the edge of the blanket at the non-ruffle edge each time you get there.  You'd probably just need to play w/ the idea to get the look you're after.  Fortunately w/ only needing a few stitches, some swatches won't be  as big of a deal as picking up all of them at once. 

I've never attempted this so I'm not exactly sure how it would work, but I know it will create too many stitches on one side which makes a ruffle.  And you wouldn't have to deal with picking up 4,000,000 stitches along the edge of a blanket. 

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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2008 08:36:39 AM »

CraftyCoug: Hmm, interesting suggestion, I might test it out, though I suspect the short rows might be somewhat cumbersome for a large project. Thanks very much for taking the time to weigh in!   

I'm a big fan of not complicating things unless absolutely necessary when knitting.  For me, it takes the joy out of knitting, you know what I mean? Smiley

The most intuitive way of doing ruffles on all four edges, in my opinion, results in a continuous ruffle "fabric" where the 4 corners have 90 degree ruffle "junctions" due to the directions of knitting. Basically, you begin and end your project with ruffles and the cast on to make 2 more ruffles on the 2 remaining sides. There is no need for any seaming.
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