Sunday, October 21, 2012

Attached Lace Edging Tutorial Part 2

In the last tutorial I showed you how to attach a lace edging to live stitches.  Today we'll look at what to do when you reach the end of the live stitches and need to turn the corner by picking up stitches and attaching the edging to the vertical edge.    

After you have joined all the live stitches, work a wrong side row of the lace edging pattern to the last stitch.

Slip the last stitch to the right hand needle and set left hand needle aside.

Now look at the edge of your fabric and see the slipped stitches along the vertical edge. Insert your needle from back to front (as if to purl) behind both legs of the next slipped stitch.  

Wrap yarn around needle and draw stitch through (pick up and purl.)

Pick up left hand needle again.  Insert it into slipped stitch and pass the slipped stitch over, joining lace edging to edge of body.

After joining, turn and work a right side row of the lace edging, slipping the first stitch as before.  No special changes are made to the lace pattern while rounding the corner. Because the edging is only eleven stitches wide, blocking will stretch the corner sufficiently to create a lovely corner.  

Continue joining by picking up and purling, then passing the slipped stitch over every wrong side row as established.  Work in this manner to the next corner where you'll resume joining to live stitches.

This tutorial shows me using my long circular needle for my left hand needle, but it's a lot more comfortable to use two double pointed needles for joining the lace edging to the vertical edge of the body.  

I hope those tutorials were helpful.  Please feel free to post any questions or comments!

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