It can be frustrating when you don’t know how to knit a border on a finished blanket.
There are plenty of border knitting techniques that you can do. However, it may be not very clear to choose which one will work best with your blanket.
Sometimes, the finishing touches are the most difficult ones to do when knitting a blanket yourself. Those can either make or break your blanket pattern.
That’s the reason why it’s essential to do it properly.
Read along as we present you with the different kinds of border knitting patterns you can do and tips on doing them right!
What Is Knitting?
Knitting is a method of making clothes. It involves using needles and yarn to create a textile through a series of multiple loops or stitches.
It was and still is an inexpensive craft and easy to do as a hobby.
The earliest documented proof of knitting dates back to the Christian to Common era, 3rd to 5th century AD.
However, archaeologists believe that knitting is even older than that. The history of knitting goes to show that knitting is a human practice as old as history itself.
According to Anne Veglio-White, knitting is the new yoga, and we couldn’t agree more! Knitting is more than just being productive and creative.
It is a way to enhance your sense of well-being, and it also can help lower your blood pressure.
5 Basic Ways On How To Knit A Border On A Finished Blanket
Method #1. Seed stitch
If you want something simple, then you’ll want to incorporate seed stitches on the edges of your blanket.
There’s an equal amount of purl and knit stitches. Purl stitches considered the opposite of knitting as you do it back to front, unlike knitting with its front-to-back stitches.
You also don’t have to worry because this kind of stitching will look good on any pattern you might have in mind for your quilt!
Method #2. Scalloped knitting edge
You’ll want to use two needles for a scalloped knitting edge.
First things first, make a simple knot to secure the end of your working thread.
The security of an end will quickly determine where you placed your first yarn when you need to come back for it.
Get a needle and do one row of purl stitchings. The number of hems will depend on how long you need your border to be.
Then, put your last stitching into your other needle and another eight stitches beside the last one you just moved.
Wrap your yarn twice with the opposite needle. Do it just like when you do purl stitches but with two stitches instead of one.
Method #3. Garter and stockinette stitch
When you think about knitting, you’ll most likely picture stockinette stitches. It’s this beautiful braid-like effect stitching that is just pleasing to the eye.
However, it can look awkward since the edges tend to curl up when used alone. That’s why garter knitting often incorporated with stockinette stitches.
Do a garter border stitch by doing knit stitches after casting it on. Put your needle through the first stitch starting from the front side.
Wrap your thread around the needle and catch it by bringing your needle to the front. Next, slip the stitch on the left needle to the right one.
Keep on doing this on every side of the border for how many rows you want it to be.
Method #4. Double seed stitch
This one is a variation of seed stitching where you do knit horizontally and vertically.
Double seed stitching is a process where you alternate two knits and purls for two rows.
Then, do it backwards and reverse again until you reach your desired size for your blanket.
It’s important to remember the sequence of stitches that you will do.
It will help if you have a little note beside you to remind you what kind of stitching you have to do next.
This stitch can be a little complicated, and one wrong move can affect your whole project.
Method #5. Ribbed knit border
Rib stitches are an excellent option for a lot of textile projects you might have in mind.
It also works as an excellent bordering technique for your knitted blanket. This stitch is very common for every knitting pattern.
Just in case you don’t know how to do them, you can make this stitching by doing one knit and one purl across your needle.
However, if you have an odd number of stitches, you have to knit one time and purl again for the first row.
Then, for the next row, start purling first before doing knitting stitches again.
Is Knitting Safe?
This pandemic gave us a lot of free time. However, this too much free time can be frustrating when you don’t know what else you can do.
That’s why many people in the UK are now turning to knit to be more productive during these difficult times.
Just like every other craft, knitting is safe when you follow safety precautions to do so.
However, it can make your hand hurt because knitting is a process where you do repetitive stitches.
Doing repetitive stitches can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, where your median nerve is compressed and results in tingling or weakening of arms to hands.
Read this to know more about how to knit responsibly.
There are many options to choose from on how to knit a border on a finished blanket. From seed stitches to ribbed knit border stitchings!
The possibilities are endless, and it’s all up to you on which one you’ll use to finish off your blanket.
Knitting can be a great way to pass the time. Make sure to do your research to know how to do it right.