Work an Attached Lace Edging on Your Shawl

Greetings, Knitscene fans! Tanis Gray here, guest blogging about my Grand Palais Shawl featured in the new Fall issue of Knitscene.

A few people have written in with questions about how to join the lace edging to the body of the shawl. If you’ve never worked a knitted-on edging before it can be tricky. I’m here to help!

How to work an attached edging:
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 icord.
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 our attaching rows. We won’t join until row 2.
Here 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 outer most loop made from the garter ridges of the shawl body. Slipping 1 stitch knitwise, then grabbing that garter loop on the end and knitting it, and then passing that slipped stitch over 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.
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.
For every two rows of the edging, you’ll be joined to the shawl on one row (or by one stitch). One repeat of the edging is 12 rows, so after 1 repeat is complete, you’ll be attached on 6 rows, via 6 joining stitches. Your knitting should start to look like this on the right side:
And like this on the wrong side:

For further help, I’ve included a video. I hope you enjoy making this shawl as much as I did! After surviving this heat wave, I look forward to sub-zero temps and being able to wrap myself up in such a cozy shawl.

Happy knitting!


Tanis Gray is the former co-editor of Knit.1 and yarn editor for the Soho suite of knitting magazines. She now works as a freelance knitwear designer in Washington, DC, where she lives with her husband and brand new baby boy. Her website includes free knitted shawl patterns:

This Fall marks the release of Tanis’s first book, Knit Local: Celebrating America’s Homegrown Yarns (Sixth&Spring). These 30 designs showcase yarns manufactured in the U.S. Tanis stresses the wisdom of preserving local businesses, protecting the environment, and treating livestock humanely while tracing the journey of her yarns “from sheep to skein”. With her usual sense of urban-but-accessible style, the designs themselves are sure to delight.

Knit Local: Celebrating America's Homegrown Yarns

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