Guys. I’ll be honest. That shawl sat on the coffee table all weekend. Un-ripped, and un-fixed.
Until last night, when I took a good hour (AN HOUR) to undo all the bound-off stitches, as well as a whole row of knitting. One word: Heartbreaking.
But, I’m back this morning, ready to go. This time I’m sure I’ve got enough yarn, and I’ve got a cool new plan.
Instead of a plain-old smooth bind off, I’m gonna go fancy. I’m making a picot edge on this bad boy. Because why not!?
To start, I knit 2 stitches, and bound off 1 (so just 1 stitch remained on my needle). (Also, I’m using a larger sized needle to do the binding off, that way I don’t have to worry about my tension getting too tight.)Then I slipped that stitch back over to the left hand needle.Then I used a Knitted Cast On to cast on two more stitches.Then I bound off 7 stitches (the 2 that I just cast on will form the little picot bump, and the other 5 are the space between bumps- if you want your bumps closer or farther apart, change the number of stitches you bind off each time).Then I kept going, slipping the 7th stitch to the left hand needle, casting on 2 stitches, and binding off 7…Until a super-cute picot edge started to form.Now I just have to make it all the way across this danged shawl! I need a good podcast and a big cup of coffee.
Wish me luck!
Have you ever added a picot edge to any of your projects?