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CountryNaturals 10-20-2008 04:37 PM

Crochet Borders for Knitting Projects
I've been working on a bulky throw in garter stitch. The knitting came out great, but when I started crocheting the border, it stretched out my knitting along the sides. I was putting the crochet hook along the edge, between the "bumps" which seemed logical to me, but it wasn't working. Since I was using large needles and bulky yarn, it was easy to see my stitches, so I tried slipping the crochet hook into the top of my knit stitches, which did NOT seem right, but I was desperate. IT WORKED PERFECTLY! The springy/stretchy effect that I wanted and already had with the knitted part, is still intact with my single-crochet border. Doing it this way did create a right and wrong side to my work, since the border is now slightly on top rather than being perfectly on the edge, but my work still has the shape I entended, which is well worth the trade off.

OffJumpsJack 10-29-2008 01:04 PM

I perfer the HDC to the SC as a Border.
I just finished my first knitting project. It is an NC Sate logo in white and red worsted weight acrylic (Red Heart). I used straight needles and two handed fair isle for the project. Since I hated purling back I also did left-handed knitting for the return. The stockinette stitch really curled, so I knew I'd need a border. I tried SC but found the HDC to give it more body to tame the curl.

After I finished off, I soaked it in water and wrung it out. Then I pressed it lightly with an iron on the steam setting. Almost melted it. :roll:

Well it is flat now that it is dry.

I definately perfer a HDC border. It frames it nicely.

--Jack :guyknitting: (where's the smile of the guy crocheting?)

KnittinMitchie 10-29-2008 04:05 PM

I go around the blanket first into the spaces between the "knots" with a SC border then go back and put something more "decorative"

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