Blanket edging

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Blanket edging

Postby Allium » 26 May 2013, 14:31

I am at least half way through knitting Flopsy's welcome to the world blanket (I know, I know!) and I'm trying to decide how to edge it when I've finished. I'm thinking that a strip of fabric sewn on to the edges as binding would look good...and if I double knotted the loose ends I could possibly (please!) avoid having to weave in the ends (hate hate HATE weaving in ends). Would that work? It's a stripy blanket so there are lots of ends. Do you think I could do it through the sewing machine or would I have to hand sew it?

Alternatively I guess I need to weave in the ends and possibly leave it edge-less (but my edges will probably look kind of messy since I am so rubbish at weaving in those stupid ends!).

It's so annoying that I love stripes but hate dealing with the loose ends!
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Re: Blanket edging

Postby BLTMama » 26 May 2013, 16:00

The problem you'll run into is that the blanket is stretchy, but the binding won't be -- so one, it will be hard to attach the binding without pulling the blanket out of square, and two, the blanket will eventually be all saggy inside the "frame" of the binding (or worse, the blanket will shrink and the binding will be all wavy). I did find this description of sewing a lining and binding onto a knit blanket, but frankly weaving in ends sounds a lot easier. :?

Could you do a fringe edging? That would save you from having to weave your ends...
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Re: Blanket edging

Postby doodlesmummy » 26 May 2013, 17:02

how about crocheting around the edge, which would cover the loose ends and match with the blanket?
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Re: Blanket edging

Postby CherryPop » 26 May 2013, 17:41

I wanted to do the same with Josie's blanket but couldn't find out how to do it properly, so I just crocheted round the edge a bit.

You can see the edging quite nicely here (although I'm not sure who that tiny baby is...).
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Re: Blanket edging

Postby Allium » 26 May 2013, 17:43

I hadn't thought of that, badgersmommy. I was thinking of using a soft jersey knit fabric, but I guess it still wouldn't have the same stretch as the blanket. I could crochet it, but I'm worried it'll look really messy as I generally confuse myself when crocheting in the side seams IYSWIM. And I'd want something really plain/not frilly (which is the same reason why I don't want tassels...Although it would probably look quite good with tassels).

Would I definitely not have to weave ends in if I crochet the edges? Any stitching ideas?

It's this blanket if it makes any difference.
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Re: Blanket edging

Postby CherryPop » 26 May 2013, 17:57

I find it easier than expected to crochet into the edges, and fairly forgiving if you made a mistake. I did my blanket with a mix of sc, hdc and dc so my edges were all over the place, and crocheting into it all around just neatened it all up. Give it a go, and frog it if you don't like it...

Oh, and learn how to crochet your ends in as you go, it makes a world of difference! I think I learnt from an attic24 tute, let me check...

ETA: Can't find it but this'll do: http://www.crochetspot.com/how-to-minim ... n-crochet/
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Re: Blanket edging

Postby Allium » 26 May 2013, 18:33

If you can find a post on knitting ends in as you go, that'd be brilliant...it's so much easier when you crochet!

Well I have about 100 rows to think about what edging stitches to do.
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Re: Blanket edging

Postby CherryPop » 26 May 2013, 19:11

I'm so sorry, I read this whole thread and missed out the important word 'knitting' in your OP :oops:
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Re: Blanket edging

Postby Allium » 26 May 2013, 19:14

That's nothing...I originally managed to write the OP without even mentioning knitting/yarn!
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Re: Blanket edging

Postby Svea » 26 May 2013, 21:51

Allie, check Attic24 for crochet blanket edging ideas and techniques. Lucy is very good at describing everything is simple terms. I would think your first row/circle of crochet stitches would be the trickiest but this would also be the row when you crochet over the loose ends, 'weaving' them in as you go.
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