Monday, 12 November 2012

An Edgy Christmas

A Crafty Knitted Garland
In my quest for a Christmas tree filled with knitted ornaments, I have been searching for a garland that can festoon my tree.  Something easy, quick and festive.  It turned out to be quite the search.  I just couldn't find anything that I wanted.

I tried I-cord - too plain.

Then I-Cord with sequins - too fiddly.

Then I-Cord with bobbles and beads - also too fiddly.

Finally, I found what I wanted.  Sawtooth edging. I know it  doesn't sound too Christmassy but I am confident it will look fantastic. Plus it has the added bonus of being very easy to knit.

The pattern is very simple.

Cast on 5 stitches
1st row - Slip 1, YO, K2Tog, YO, K2
2nd row (and every even numbered row) - Slip 1, K to end.
3rd row - Slip 1, (YO, K2Tog) twice, YO, K1
5th row - Slip 1, (YO, K2Tog) twice, YO, K2
7th row - Slip 1, (YO, K2Tog) 3 times, YO, K1
9th row - Slip 1, (YO, K2Tog) 3 times, YO, K2
11th row - Slip 1, (YO, K2Tog) 4 times, YO, K1
13th row - Slip 1 (YO, K2Tog) 4 times, YO, K2
15th row, Place bead, sequin or button of choice, bind off 8 stitches (until 5 stitches remain - 1 on right hand needle and 4 on left hand needle).  YO, K2tog, YO, K2.
Continue pattern from row 2 for as long as required.

...Found in Nicky Epstein's 'Knitting on the Edge'...

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Happy Knitting and Happy Christmas


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