Thursday, February 22, 2007

Need help - Scarf w/No. 20 Edging

I'm on a cruise ship in the middle of the Caribbean, with my Scarf with No. 20 Edging project. I photocopied the directions so I wouldn't need to bring the book. I finished the first border, and the instructions say to bind off the border, putting the last stitch on a holder. Then turn the work and pick up the slip stitches along the straight edge, returning the stitch from the holder as the last stitch. My question is this... does "pick up" mean JUST "pick up", or "pick up and knit". I did not cut the yarn at the end of the first border, so when I pick up the stitches, I'm starting at the opposite end. That makes sense if I'm just 'picking up' stitches, because I'll end with the stitch that has the working yarn attached, and be ready to work the next row. But if I'm supposed to 'pick up and knit' (using a piece of working yarn and pulling it through the existing stitches), then I need to cut the yarn and start with a fresh piece. Since I didn't copy anything other than the pattern page, I can't refer to the appendix to see which they mean. If anyone can check the book and put me in the right direction, I'd be very appreciative.

Also, I'm wondering in either case whether I should work through both strands of the slip stitches, just the front, or what. If I'm only 'picking up', and not doing 'pick up and knit', I'm thinking that it might look best to just pick up the front strand of the slipped stitch (I'm picking up from the right side). Any suggestions? TIA.


~Lori said...

I haven't worked on one of these scarves, but I took a peek into the book. At the back under the section on knitted-on borders, I found some info that I think indicates you should pick up the slipped sts directly onto the needle (i.e., not "pick up and knit") and pick up both loops. Possibly someone who has already done one of these scarves will tell you differently, though!

I have jpgs of a couple of quick photos I took of the page in the book, which I can email to you if you like.

Brenda said...

I'm making this scarf. You just pick up. When I started to do this, I noticed that if I looked at it edge on (border hanging down), I could pick up the center of each loop from the top, and this has worked well for me and matched the edge when knitting on the second border. Good luck!

Cheryl said...

Thanks so much for the info! I really appreciate the help.