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Knitting Corrective Surgery

Remember a few weeks ago, when I found out that the border for Wedding Blanket the First was maybe a little too big?  If not, you really should read it – it’s worth a laugh or two at my misfortune.  Don’t worry, I can wait.

Okay, so how do you fix a problem like that?  An extra foot in two sides of a one-piece border with mitered corners and a non-trivial pattern throughout?

Well, it starts with a small pair of scissors.

This part is not for the faint of heart, but it’s not as bad as doing fair isle knitting – you have to snip the yarn a row or two above where you actually want to join to, and then unravel slowly down to the desired place, picking up the stitches on a needle once you get there.

You do the same thing to the side that you want to join it to, kitchner the two sides together, and…

…voila!  Another nearly perfect join!

Then you do that at the other side, and suddenly it looks exactly like it did before, except it actually fits the blanket it was made for, and you have a couple of extra bits hanging around.

Now, question becomes: what, exactly, does one do with a couple nearly-one-foot long sections of border like this?


Comment from Lookout
Time July 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

Donate them to Monkey Kitty?

Comment from Tristan
Time July 18, 2011 at 8:56 pm

But that would teach him that yarn is a thing to be played with, which we do not want him to learn. It would be wrong in much the same way that those rawhide chews in the shape of shoes are a bad thing to give to dogs.

Comment from Janey
Time August 18, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Two nearly one foot long borders as pretty as those are could be used as edgings on a pillow. The kind of pillow that is placed on a chair seat to cover up the worn spot, or to cushion the hardness of the seat.