In most cases, we don’t add any edgings to garter stitch. The natural bead-like side edges look nice and are consistent with the rugged texture of the garter-stitch fabric.
But when we frame garter stitch with sleek chains of stitches formed by slim i-cord, we elevate this humble stitch pattern to a totally new level. Our projects look more like gorgeous designer items than plain beginner knits.
Here’s how we can make this (almost) magical transformation step by step.
Slipping every other stitch of the edging brings several benefits – the stitches look bigger and nicer, the edging neatly wraps both sides of the fabric, and, most importantly, slipped stitches make the gauge of the edging almost the same as the gauge of the garter stitch itself. That means that the edges of your next garter stitch scarf or blanket won’t flare or pucker even after you work many, many rows.
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