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Four Knitted Edgings

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Lace edging number one

Rosebud and Lattice lace edgings

Shell edging and corner

Edging number 4 includes instructions for knitting both the straight edging plus how to turn the corner in pattern.

UK needle sizes are used throughout.

Abbreviations

k = knit;
k2tog = knit 2 together;
yrn = yarn round needle;
yo = yarn over;
yo2 = yarn over twice. In the next row this stitch is usually worked as k1, p1
kb = knit into the back of the stitch;
st = stitch;
ch = chain;
d.c = double crochet (US single crochet);
psso = pass slipped stitch over;
sl1 = slip one;
ws = wrong side.
4 chain = knit the next st, return it to the left hand needle and knit again, repeat until you have knit the stitch 4 times in total.

Edging #1

Materials Required

1 pr no 17 needles (1.25mm)
no 40 mercerised cotton

Directions

Cast on 33 sts and knit one row.

1st row: k5, p16, (yo, k2tog) to last 2 sts, yo, k2

2nd row: k29, turn

3rd row: p17, (yo, k2tog) to last 2 sts, yo, k2

4th row: k to end

5th row: k21, (yo, k2tog) to last 2 sts, yo, k2

6th row: k13, p18, turn

7th row: k1, (yo, k2tog) to last 2 sts, yo, k2

8th row: k18, p19, turn

9th row: k to end

10th row: Cast off 4, k to end

These 10 rows form the pattern. Repeat until length desired.

Edging #2 (Rosebud)

Materials Required

20gm ball of no 40 mercerised cotton
1pr no 16 needles (1.5mm)

Directions

Cast on 13sts and work as follows:

1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th rows (ws): k2, yo, k2tog, p to end

2nd row: sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1, k1, psso, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, k1

4th row: (sl1, k1, psso, yo) twice, k1, (yo, k2tog) twice, k1, yo, k2tog, k1

6th row: sl1, k1, psso, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, k1

8th row: sl1, k1, psso, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k3, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, k1

These 8 rows form the pattern. Repeat until length desired.

Press the lace according to the instructions on your yarn label.

Edging #3 (Lattice)

Materials Required

20gm ball of no 40 mercerised cotton
1pr no 16 needles (1.5mm)

Directions

Cast on 14sts and work pattern as follows:

1st row (ws): k2, yo, k2tog, p10

2nd row: 4 chain (as explained in the abbreviations) k2tog, pass the first st over the second st on right hand needle, (yo, k2tog) three times, yo, k1, yo, kb (knit into the back of the stitch), yo, k2tog, k1.

Press the lace according to the instructions on your yarn label.

Edging #4 (Shell)

Materials Required

No 20 mercerised cotton
1pr no 14 needles (2mm)

Size

The edging is approximately 3 inches deep.

Directions

Tight knitters should take special care to relax their tension in this lace.

The Lace

Cast on 41 sts and knit one row, then commence pattern as follows

1st row: sl1, k2, p6, k10, p6, k3, yo2, k13

2nd row: yo, k2tog, k12, p1, k28

3rd row: sl1, k2, p6, k3, k2tog, yo2, k2tog, k3, p6, k18

4th row: yo, k2tog, k27, p1, k13

5th row: sl1, k2, p6, pass the 4th, 5th, and 6th sts on the right hand needle over the 1st three stitches on the right hand needle (in future this will be called "cable 6"), k1, (k2tog, yo2, k2tog) twice, k1, cable 6, k3, yo2, k2tog, yo2, k13

6th row: yo, k2tog, k12, p1, k2, p1, k3, yo, k1, yo, k2, yo, k3, p1, k3, p1, k2, yo, k2, yo, k1, yo, k3

7th row: sl1, k2, p6, k3, k2tog, yo2, k2tog, k3, p6, k21

8th row: yo, k2tog, k30, p1, k13

9th row: sl1, k2, p6, k1, (k2tog, yo2, k2tog) twice, k1, p6, k3, (yo2, k2tog) 3 times, k12

10th row: yo, k2tog, k12, p1, (k2, p1) twice, k12, p1, k3, p1, k11

11th row: sl1, k2, cable 6, k3, k2tog, yo2, k2tog, k3, cable 6, k24

12th row: yo, k2tog, k22, yo, k1, yo, k2, yo, k5, p1, k4, yo, k1, yo, k2, yo, k3

13th row: sl1, k2, p6, k10, p6, k3, (yo2, k2tog) 4 times, k13

14th row: yo, k2tog, k13, p1, (k2, p1) 3 times, k28

15th row: sl1, k2, p6, k10, p6, k28

16th row: yo, k2tog, k51, making sure to knit the last 13 sts loosely.

17th row: sl1, k2, cable 6, k10, cable 6, k14, sl1, then, with the right hand needle, lift the 3rd st on the left hand needle over the first 2 sts as though to purl, then lift the following 9 sts over in the same way. Now pass the slipped st back onto the left hand needle and k3tog, k1

18th row: yo, k2tog, k14, yo, k1, yo, k2, yo, k10, yo, k1, yo, k2, yo, k3

Repeat these 18 rows for your desired length.

Turning the Corner

1st row: sl1, k2, p6, k10, p6, k3, yo2, k13

2nd row: yo, k2tog, k12, p1, k25, turn, leaving 3 sts unworked

3rd row: sl1, p5, k10, p6, k18

4th row: yo, k2tog, k37, turn, leaving 4 sts unworked

5th row: sl1, p4, k10, cable 6, k3, yo2, k2tog, yo2, k13

6th row: yo, k2tog, k12, p1, k2, p1, k3, yo, k1, yo, k2, yo, k14, turn, leaving 5 sts unworked

7th row: sl1, p3, k10, p6, k21

8th row: yo, k2tog, k38, turn, leaving 6 sts unworked

9th row: sl1, p2, k10, p6, k3, (yo2, k2tog) 3 times, k12

10th row: yo, k2tog, k12, p1, (k2, p1) twice, k21, turn, leaving 7 sts unworked

11th row: sl1, p1, k10, cable 6, k24

12th row: yo, k2tog, k22, yo, k1, yo, k2, yo, k11, turn, leaving 8 sts unworked

13th row: sl1, k10, p6, k3, (yo2, k2tog) 4 times, k13

14th row: yo, k2tog, k13, p1, (k2, p1) 3 times, k19, turn, leaving 9 sts unworked

15th row: sl1, k9, p6, k28

16th row: yo, k2tog, k41 (making sure to knit the first 13 loosely), turn, leaving 10sts unworked

17th row: sl1, k8, cable 6, k14, sl1, then draw 10sts, one by one, over the 1st 2sts as you did for the straight section of lace. Pass slipped st back onto left hand needle, k3tog, k1

18th row: yo, k2tog, k14, yo, k1, yo, k2, yo, k19

Repeat these 18 rows 3 more times to complete corner, then follow with the same number of repeats for straight section on each side. When the 4 sides and corners are completed pick up 41sts on cast on edge and graft the beginning and end together.


These patterns are in the public domain. These instructions are based on: Edgings 1 and 4, from unknown Australian publications from around the 1940's, while edgings 2 and 3 are from the Women's Weekly 1958. HTML versions of these patterns are Copyright © Sarah Bradberry June, 1998.