Our shawl is nearly done and all that is left is to add a fabulous top edge. I chose to add an eyelet row prior to the bind off for a bit of interest at the edge. After working the eyelet row the stitch count has been increased by one to 253 stitches. Follow this row with three plain rows of knitting and it is time for one of my favorite bind offs.
The I-cord bind off adds stability to edges and is completely reversible. It is one of my favorite neck edges and makes for a nice pocket trim in a contrasting color. I often use them on shawls to combat the flimsy edge. The I-cord bind off can be adjusted in size by altering the number of stitches in the I-cord. I usually find that a three stitch version works well and that is the size demonstrated in my new video, I-cord Bind Off.
Once the bind off is complete and the shawl is off the needles, it is time to block it to bring the garment to its full potential. Blocking will even the stitches – especially the cross 6. Blocking also helps the shawl maintain the crescent shape and allows Rylie to bloom and soften. Please note that the linen in Rylie will give the fabric a stiff feel immediately after drying. Scrunch the shawl a few times between your hands and it will return to its luscious softness. That’s the wonder of linen – soft and resiliently strong.
I prefer to wet block my shawls using blocking wires. My Blocking with Wires video will help those of you first time blockers. Unlike the shawl in the video, I ran my lower wire through the row just above the cable border. (See below) I did not pin the cables but simply smoothed them a bit with my fingertips.
I ran the upper wire in the same manner by passing it through just below the bind off. (See below)
Once blocked, Wandering Moon is ready to wear with pride!
It has been my pleasure to lead you through this installment of the Progressive Needles Knit Along. I hope you had a fabulous time while increasing your knitting skills. Please join me in January for my next knit along, Ambiguous. Scroll down for the complete details and supply list.
See you in 2016,
CO – cast on.
k2tog – knit two together. See K2tog Video
k2tog tbl – knit two together through the back loop. See K2tog tbl Video
LHN – left hand needle.
yo – yarn over. See Yarn Over Video
Row 1. (RS) K1, *yo, k2tog; repeat from * to last st, yo, k1. 253 sts
Rows 2 – 4. Knit.
I-cord Bind Off – See I-cord Bind Off Video
With right side facing, CO 3 sts using Knitted Cast On method. See Knitted Cast On Video
*K2, k2tog tbl, slide these 3 sts back to LHN: repeat from * until 3 st remain on LHN. Bind off remaining sts using Standard Bind Off. See Bind Off (Standard) Video
January 2016 KAL – Ambiguous
Kick off the New Year by ramping up your knitting skills with a stunning two-color cowl using HiKoo Sueno (formerly Frog Tree’s Pediboo). The stranded cowl (also known as Fair Isle knitting) will feature lessons on hand positioning, yarn dominance, managing floats and a surprising take on an old favorite. The cowl is available in two sizes to suit your style. The sneak peek at the cowl was met with rave reviews – you won’t want to miss this one!
8” tall, approx. 22 (40)” around after blocking
Sueno, 80% washable merino wool/20% bamboo, 255 yds/100g each.
- 1 (2) skeins Background Color
- 1 (2) skeins Main Color
- Two #5 (3.75mm) 16 (24)” circular needles. Second needle is used to graft stitches in finishing.
- Size F crochet hook for provisional cast on
- 10 yards smooth, contrasting color waste yarn
- Tapestry needle
Approx. 26 sts and 32 rounds = 4” in stockinette worked in the round.
Gauge is crucial to yardage so please take the time to swatch.