I need some help with picking up stitches and adding a decorative border to a baby blanket. I am on a yarn diet and attempting to make a blanket for my niece due in Dec without buying yarn. I had 2 skeins of a varigated yarn that I used for the center of the blanket and now need to add a border to make it a more functional size...I really don't want to do a ribbed border, do I have other options? I see people do crochetted borders all the time, but last time I tried to crochet it took me an hour to chain 3ft.
Thank you so much for all the links ! Never even occurred to me to look at knitting pattern central.
As I've never added a border before should I pick-up and knit the first row of stitches with a larger needle?
I would do the border with the same size needle, possibly with a one size smaller needle depending on the border you choose. There's a good video to help with how to pick up and how often to pick up sts on the Free Videos tab at the top of the page under Tips.