Learn It: Working an Attached Lace Edging

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Lace shawls are hot right now, so I thought I’d share a technique post for working shawls with knitted on edgings. Your teacher will be Tanis Gray, the designer of the beautiful Grand Palais Shawl, which first appeared in Knitscene Fall 2011.

Everything about this shawl is fab. The body of the shawl is a simple garter-stitch rounded triangle with a knitted-on lace border. Because it’s worked in super-chunky yarn, the stitch patterns really stand out. Isn’t it gorgeous?grand-palais1

We’ve had some questions about how to attach the lace border onto the body of the shawl, so here’s Tanis to show you how it’s done.

Grand Palais: Knitting on the Border

Start by knitting the garter body of the shawl. To make things a bit easier, I’ve knit a mini sample in two contrasting colors so you can see the different pieces. The shawl is basically three parts—the body, the attached lace edging, and the applied I-cord.

Once the body of the shawl is finished, we start our lace edging. The first row is done by itself, unattached. We’re looking at the WS here because row 2, and all even rows, are attaching rows. We won’t join until row 2.

Sample shawl body and first row of border.

Sample shawl body and first row of border.

Below, we are on our first attaching row, Row 2 of the lace edging.

Row 2: P7, yo, p2tog, sl 1 kwise, pick up and knit 1 st from outer loop at edge at shawl, psso.

The trick is to grab the outermost loop made from the garter ridges of the shawl body. Slip 1 stitch knitwise and then grab that garter loop on the end. Knit it, and then pass the slipped stitch over. This process is what anchors the edging to the body of the shawl. Makes sense, right? The passing over is key.

Before you flip the body of the shawl and start to knit Row 3, you’ll be attached by 1 stitch.

Attaching Row 2 of the lace border to the body of the shawl.

Attaching Row 2 of the lace border to the body of the shawl.

The join may seem flimsy, and it will be for a few rows, but once you get that first repeat down, you’ll be well anchored. It’s much easier to put your work down and come back to it after the join is well-anchored. I’d recommend starting your lace edging when you know you can sit undisturbed for one repeat’s worth of knitting. If you throw it in your bag (and we’ve all done this) after 2 rows with only 1 stitch of the edging attached, chances of it falling off and making a big yarn disaster are high.

You’ll be joining the border on every other row, so for every two rows of the edging, you’ll be joining to the shawl by one stitch. One repeat of the lace edging is 12 rows, so after 1 repeat is complete, you’ll be attached on 6 rows, via 6 joining stitches.

Right: Your knitting should start to look like this on the right side; left: and like this on the wrong side.

Right: Your knitting should start to look like this on the right side; left: and like this on the wrong side.

I hope you enjoy making this shawl as much as I did!

—Tanis Gray, designer and author

It’s designs like this that makes me just love Knitscene magazine. There are so many knits with a twist, such as this lace shawl knit with super chunky yarn. Cool and fashionable knits, plus knitting techniques that will make you a better knitter.

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