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ikkivan
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Posted - 04/30/2010 :  08:37:01 AM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm sure this has been covered somewhere, and if so, perhaps someone can just direct me to the previous posts. But ... here goes:

I'd like to put a garter-stitch border around a baby blanket by picking up stitches around the blanket and doing increases at each corner, sort of the way I did for the bottom of a market bag with a square bottom (YO and knit at end of each "row," knit and YO and beginning to make four corners), or perhaps some other increase without the YO. Anyway, I see that this will be a huge number of stitches on a long circular needle. Has anyone done this?

I see in Mason-Dixon Knitting that the mitered borders are done one edge at a time, with the increased ends of each side joined with mattress stitch.

I'd appreciate any feedback and/or suggestions on these techniques, which is most satisfactory, etc. Thanx!

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time.

GFTC
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Posted - 04/30/2010 :  10:22:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit GFTC's Homepage Send GFTC a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have the same thing coming up but with a larger (couch potato size) blanket so I'll have 216 sts down the sides and 180 sts on each end. I've come up with a few ideas, one of which is what you have described.

For a baby blanket you should be able to get all the stitches on a couple of long circs and knit around increasing at each corner for the miters. Don't forget that if you are knitting garter stitch in the round you have to Knit 1 Row, Purl 1 Row and not Knit every row as you normally would for garter.

This link will take you to a blog showing multiple circular needles in use: http://chicknits.com/rambles/?m=20100429

enabler info: Elann sells 60" Addis.

GFTC of NYC
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fmarrs
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Posted - 04/30/2010 :  12:28:36 PM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've done the same thing many times. Just place a marker at each corner and increase one stitch before and after the marker every other row to get a neat miter. I usually put one or two stitches between the increases.

fran

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ikkivan
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Posted - 05/01/2010 :  08:12:00 AM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sincere thanks to you both, and especially for the reminder about purling when making garter stitch in the round. Duh, I wasn't even thinking of that. That fact may be enough to convince me to knit just one edge at a time so I can knit every row; lots of purling does tend to slow me down.

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time.
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