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Old 05-21-2007, 01:45 AM   #1
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How do you add stitches to a border???
I'm making a purse and it's curling in on itself but it's no matter because I'll be sewing upl the sides BUT I will be making a baby blanket soon and I was wondering how do you add extra stitches around the borders to keep it from curling? I read the thread about what to do if the stockinette curls but how do you add a border to a blanket to get rid of it?

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Old 05-21-2007, 02:30 AM   #2
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There are two ways you can do this:

1.) You can knit the border in 4 pieces and sew it on.

2.) You can pick up stitches all around the blanket, place markers at the 4 corners, and increase a stitch either side of each marker until you have a nice border that won't curl.

Does that help?
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Old 05-21-2007, 03:22 AM   #3
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It does a little but with option #1 are you talking about hand sewing? And how to you pick up the stitches for option #2?
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With Option one, yes, hand stitching the border to the blanket. With Options 2, you just pick up stitches all around the finished blanket on a circular needle. You place a 2 markers at each corner, on either side of one stitch. You increase a stitch either side of the markers until you are ready to cast off. Then you will have a nice, mitered border. It will look strange while in progress, but don't worry about that.
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The mitered border sounds very nice and I understand what you are saying about the first option, like using a mattress stitch to put the borders on, yes? The only thing is here where I am, I'm learning on my own and don't have the benefit of anyone experienced to show me :( But I'll try...lol
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There is a video in the middle of this page on how to pick up stitches if you decide to go that way.

One thing you can do, if you don't want to pick up the stitches or sew on a border is create a border as you knit. The pattern may already include it, so check for that. But, what you can do is start off with 6 rows of garter stitch, then 5 garter stitches at the beginning and end of each row. Once you get to the end do another 6 rows of garter stitch before you bind off. That way the border is knit as you go.

I hope you can get it to work!
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Since you haven't started the blanket yet, there's a third way to add a border. You can knit the border along the edge of it. Start with about 1-2 inches of garter stitch and keep the first and last 5-10 stitches in garter. Or seed stitch instead of garter. Much, much faster and easier than knitting a border separately or adding it on later.

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All of the above.
Or you can make the whole blanket in a non-curling stitch such as garter or seed stitch. That way, any border you decide to add is decorative, not just therapeutic.
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OR if you crochet, you can crochet a border around.

ETA: If you're making the Baby clouds blanket in your other thread, it already has a border.
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Deb,
Thank you very much for giving me the head's up on my pattern

All Others,
I really appreciate all the suggestions and will definitely use them for future projects.

All of you are awesome!
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