Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Day 33 and the Stairway to Heaven

A very easy way to make zig zag edges is to bind off at one end and cast on at the other end of a row. Here I did so with 7 stitches every 12th row and used a 3 by 3 rib offset by one stitch so that it moved on the diagonal.

My advice about this method of edging is to stick with knit and purl patterns that are easily read. Doing this with cables or laces can be a bit of a muddle if you don't know your pattern inside and out. Alternately, you could use any pattern that had the same number of stitches in the repeat as in the bind off and cast on. For example if your pattern was an allover cable that twisted every 6 stitches and you didn't use any selvage stitches, you would them make sure that when you did the stairstep it too was a 6 stitch bind off and a 6 stitch cast on so as not to interrupt the pattern.

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