How to Improve Side Edges After the Project is Finished

There is a number of ways to improve side edgings and make them look nice. Most of those ways require some planning. We should plan to add extra stitches and remember to work them in a certain way to create nice edges.

But what to do when we want to fix edges in a finished project? There is a fairly simple way to turn ugly (let’s admit it!) side edges into a lovely chain that not only looks great but also keeps the edges from curling. That little feature is especially important if your project is worked in a stockinette, or stockinette-based stitch pattern.

I’ve learned this tip from an incredibly helpful book “The Principles of Knitting” by June Hemmons Hiatt. It states that we are “unlikely to find it (this edging) elsewhere“, so we can assume that the author either invented it or discovered it in one of the old knitting books that are not readily available nowadays. In any case, this simple edging definitely deserves to be known and remembered.

Here’s how to make it.

This edging is not fully reversible, though it does look quite nice on the wrong side of the work, especially if the edging is done in the same colour as the work.


The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #4. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (351 pages!) with this and 47 other tutorials included in the collection.

You will also receive one e-book and two knitting patterns as a special bonus, so go ahead and get it all right now before you forget 😊


If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:

“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book

Discover six pairs of cast on and bind off methods that form identical edges on projects worked flat and in the round.

“Neat Side Edges” Book

Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.


Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko - www.10rowsaday.com

How to Improve Side Edges After the Project is Finished | 10 rows a day
How to Improve Side Edges After the Project is Finished | 10 rows a day
How to Improve Side Edges After the Project is Finished | 10 rows a day