Hi Knit-alongers! Our afghan’s are almost complete! Here’s what clue #8 looks like…
That just about looks like an afghan doesn’t it? Almost! We have just one more clue.
It’s probably no mystery that our final clue is a border. Every masterpiece needs a frame! Seaming blocks of different knitting patterns can leave a less than perfect edge. Instead of knitting another piece for our ‘frame’ and sewing it onto our afghan, we’re going to pick up stitches along the edges and knit out from there. Let’s take a closer look at how to do that.
PICKING UP STITCHES
Our next clue has us “pick up and knit” stitches across each edge of our afghan. Pick up what? Where? Here’s a look at picking up stitches from the top edge of a piece of knitting, which is a cast-off edge:
Start at the top right corner, with the right side (RS) of your work facing you.
Insert your left-hand needle from front to back under both loops of the cast off edge.
Now get your right hand needle in there, and knit the two loops as if there were a regular stitch.
You can also try this pick up and knit technique with just one needle. This time insert your right hand needle under both loops of your cast off edge:
Then wrap the working yarn around your needle and draw up a loop:
Whether you use one or two needles, repeat from right to left until the desired number of stitches have been picked up.
From the back it will look like this:
Remember the number of stitches on your cast off edge, may not be equal to the number of stitches you need to pick up. If you need to pick up less stitches, skip a stitch from the cast-off stitch every few stitches. If you need to pick up more stitches, pick up two stitches from the same space every few stitches. It’s not an exact science and the skipped or double stitches really won’t show in the end.
We also need to pick up stitches along the side edges of our knitted blocks. This means picking up stitches from edges that aren’t always as consistent as a nice bound off edge! Most of our afghan blocks have a garter stitch edge, so lets take a look at picking up stitches there.
Again, we want to pick up stitches from right to left.
In garter stitch, I like to pick up stitches from the “ridges”
From there, the technique is basically the same as before. Insert your left needle from front to back under that ‘ridge’…
… then get your right needle in the same space and knit ‘er up! (Of course, you can also use the one-needle method here as well.)
Continue from right to left until the desired number of stitches have been picked up.
Here’s what it looks like from the back:
If picking up stitches from a stocking stitch edge, I would pick up one leg from each stitch along the same row:
Remember there aren’t any hard and fast rules here! Just try to pick up your stitches evenly spaced along your edge.
- When a large number of stitches are to be picked up, place safety pins along the edge to divide your work into smaller, even sections. For example; If picking up 100 stitches, mark the edge into 4 sections and pick up 25 sts per section. This makes it easier to evenly distribute your stitches across your edge.
- Having a hard time squeezing your needle into those edge stitches? Try using a smaller needle to pick up your stitches and switch back to your recommended size for the next row.
Once your border is complete – we’re done! Don’t forget to show us how your knit-along afghan turned out for a chance to win!
Starting today, you can submit your contest entry. Entry must include a photo of the finished project, the entrant’s name, contact information (name, phone number, address, and email), and a complete list of the yarn(s) and shades used. Your blanket can be made of any yarn, but must follow the basic pattern outlined in Clues 1-9 of the Knit-Along. Only completed Projects will be considered. Email all entries to Knitalong@bernat.com. You can also mail a photo of your entries (see contest rules for details). Entries will be accepted until March 12, 2010 at 11:59 EST. We will select a winner by random draw on March 22, 2010. The winner will be notified by email or phone.
What do you win?
The winner will be asked to select a blanket pattern from all available afghan patterns available at www.bernat.com. They will then be shipped the pattern and the yarn recommended to complete the pattern (in the color(s) of their choice).
All of the details and contest rules are available at http://bernat.com/contestrules/
If you have any questions contact Knitalong@bernat.com.
It’s been so great to knit-along with all of you! I can’t wait to see all of your creations. Thanks for making our first Bernat knit-along a big success!