I believe I have saved the best for last! With the body of the shawl complete, it is time to add a gorgeous lace edging to the shawl with an applied border. This technique binds off the shawl stitches as the border is knit on – very slick, indeed! The photo below shows the border as it is added to the last row of the shawl body stitches.
In an applied border, the required number of border stitches are cast on at the beginning of a row and worked in pattern. In every other row, the last border stitch is worked together in a decrease with one shawl body stitch thus attaching the border and binding off a stitch simultaneously. See Applied Border video.
Prior to working the applied border, I have two very helpful tips to simplify the process and minimize errors.
- I consider it essential to place a lifeline in the last row of shawl body stitches. This helps to distinguish the body stitches from the border stitches as you work across the row.
- I recommend removable stitch markers (a piece of yarn will suffice) to isolate the number of bind off stitches in each repeat. In The Hole Story, there are 16 rows in each border repeat. Eight stitches are bound off in each repeat – one on every right side row as the last border stitch is knit together with a body stitch. Place a marker between every eight stitches in the last shawl row prior to casting on for the border. At the conclusion of each 16-row border repeat, you will have bound off eight stitches and reach a marker. Trust me, this saves your sanity.
With the lifeline and markers in place, cast on five stitches using the Cable Cast On method with right side facing. There are now 248 shawl body stitches plus the additional 5 border stitches on the left hand needle. Work Row 1 of the Lace Point pattern. Notice that the body stitch to be knit together with the last border stitch (k2tog edge) has the lifeline running through it – one body stitch was bound off. Turn the work to the wrong side and knit the six border stitches in Row 2 that are on the left hand needle. For Row 3, turn to the right side and work stated pattern – again, one stitch is bound off at the end of the row as the last border stitch is knit together with one body stitch (lifeline runs through the body stitch). Row 4, turn to wrong side and knit the seven stitches on the left hand needle.
Continue in this manner until Row 15. In this row, eight stitches are bound off at the beginning of the row to give the lace border its points. To bind off a stitch at the beginning of a row, two stitches must be knit and seated on the right hand needle. The first stitch is passed over the second and off the right hand needle – one stitch was bound off. Continue in this manner until eight stitches have been bound off. There will be one stitch remaining on the right hand needle. See Bind Off in Middle of Work video. Continue the row in the stated lace pattern ending with knitting together the last border stitch and one body stitch. Turn and knit the five stitches in Row 16 and remove marker. Eight body stitches have been bound off and one repeat of the Lace Point Border was worked. PHEW!
The Lace Point Border will be worked a total of 31 times – all of the body stitches have been bound off. There will be five remaining stitches on the needle. Bind off these five stitches.
The Lace Point Border pattern is provided with both written and charted instructions. Please note that the “No Stitch” squares are simply place holders – ignore them and move to the actual stitches in the row. Having both forms of instruction is a perfect way to cross-check your pattern reading skills.
The careful knitting is behind you but the most important work lies ahead. Off the needles, the shawl is misshapen and rather rumpled looking and is in desperate need of blocking. (See photo below.) Wet blocking the shawl will coax it into the semi-circle shape, bring the lace border to defined points, improve stitch definition and soften the yarn. Don’t skimp on this last finishing step!
To wet block, immerse the piece in cool water for at least 20 minutes to allow the fiber to become completely saturated. Gently squeeze water from the garment (never wringing) and roll lightly in a towel to remove excess water. The garment is then pinned (rust-proof pins only!) into the desired shape. See Blocking video.
To block The Hole Story into its semi-circle shape, first pin the top edge of the shawl (edged with two stitch garter) into one long straight line. I find this easy to accomplish with blocking wires – I used two across the top edge of my shawls. See Blocking with Wires video. Next, stretch and pin the shawl into a semi-circle shape working from the center of the lace border out to each side. Each lace point in the border should be stretched to a nice sharp point. (See photo below.) Again, I find this process simpler with the use of blocking wires but pins alone will get the job done. Allow the shawl to fully dry before removing pins.
Thank you so much for taking a leap of faith and knitting this mystery shawl! I look forward to continuing the education and fun with our July KAL (see below). I am honored by your continued support!
BO – bind off. See Bind Off in Middle of Work Video
k2tog – knit two together. See K2tog Video
k2tog edge – knit last stitch of border together with one stitch from body of shawl. See Applied Border Video
RHN – right hand needle.
sl – slip. See Slip Stitch Video
yo – yarn over. See Yarn Over Video
With right side facing, cast on 5 sts using Cable Cast On method. See Cable Cast On Video
There are 248 shawl body stitches plus 5 border stitches.
Lace Point Border (also see chart below)
1. (RS) Sl 1, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog edge.
3. Sl 1, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k2tog edge.
5. Sl 1, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k1, k2tog edge.
7. Sl 1, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k2tog edge.
9. Sl 1, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k1, k2tog edge.
11. Sl 1, (yo. k2tog) 4 times, yo, k2tog edge.
13. Sl 1, (yo, k2tog) 4 times, yo, k1, k2tog edge.
15. BO 8 (1 st remains on RHN), yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog edge.
Work above 16-row Lace Point Border pattern 31 times. Live shawl stitches are bound off as border is knit.
Bind off remaining 5 border stitches.
Weave in ends. See Weave in Ends Video
Block to desired size. See Blocking with Wires Video
Join me in July for a fabulous two-color hat knit with Simplicity! You won’t want to miss the techniques featured in this adaptation of one of my most popular patterns. This quick project is perfect for summer-on-the-go knitting and will give you a jump on your holiday projects.
Baby (Child, Adult) – 16 (19, 21)” circumference
- Simplicity – 1 (2, 2) skeins Main Color, 1 (1, 1) skein Contrasting Color
- US #4 (3.5mm) needle – straight or circ
- US #8 (5mm) 16″ circ
- US #8 (5mm) dpns or 32″ circ for Magic Loop method (for crown decreases)
- Cable needle
- One 3/4″ button
With #4 needles, approx. 10 sts = 1″ in k1, p1 rib, unstretched.