How to work a Knitted on Border

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I'm going to talk to you about how to

work a knitted on border so let's say

you have a shawl and it's a triangular

shawl that you started working at the

base and you work your way out

increasing each time and you end up with

over 300 stitches on your shawl normally

what you would then do is at the end

have to bind off over 300 stitches and

if you're anything like me you might

have a slightly tight bind off and

struggle to make it a little bit looser

so that way your shawl is not all

bunched up at that found off edge so the

beauty of a knitted on border is that

what you do is you get to the edge of

the shawl so the body is this burgundy

color and the border is the gray so you

get to the edge of your shawl instead of

binding off these stitches you knit a

border perpendicular so you cast on

stitches here and you knit going this

way and you connect the border to the

body of the shawl and you're essentially

working each of those stitches until you

get all the way to the other side of the

shawl way to the other side see lots of

stitches that you would have had to bind

off and then now you're at the end of

the border and you only have that many

stitches to bind off so not very many at

all so I'm going to show you how to do

that first thing that you need to do is

complete the body of your shawl this is

just the body of my swatch and then

you're going to add a border you can do

this in the same color as the body or

you can do a different color definitely

going to do a different color here to

show you how to do that so the first

thing you need to do is add the stitches

of the border and I'm not going to do

anything fancy on the border I'm just

going to do basic garter stitch and

about six stitches I think all I'll cast

on for the border so go ahead and work

you can do a slip knot and put your new

yarn on your needle and then you can do

any type of cast on really to get your

stitches on you can do a knitted on cast

on a cable cast on or you can just do

the longtail cast on

since I've just got a few stitches here

that's what I'm going to do so I've

turned my work around this way and I've

got one stitch from that slip stitch

there's two sorry there's three four

five six and again totally depends on

what you have in your pattern how many

stitches you cast on so then what you

need to do is take your working yarn

make sure you don't have the tail and

you're just going to knit those stitches

until you get to the last stitch of the

body so since I cast on six

I want to knit until I went to knit five

so there's one two three four five so

now I have one Porter stitch and what I

want to do is connect this border stitch

to the body stitch so I'm going to knit

the two of them together it's just one

body stitch one porter stitch knit them

together and I have now worked and since

this is the end that stitch is going to

be a little bit loose so you might tug

on the Strand just to pull it a little

tighter so now I have worked one of the

body stitches into the border so now you

are working back and forth on these

border stitches so you need to turn the

work around and do whatever the pattern

tells you usually what I like to do is

slip a stitch from the border back over

here so I'm just slipping the first

stitch and actually I should slip that

with the yarn and back put the yarn in

back now so slip the first stitch and

then go ahead and follow your pattern do

whatever it tells you to do for the rest

we are just knitting across doing

something very basic I get to the end

and then I turn my work and I go back

following the pattern

for us just knitting I still have six

supporter stitches so I am knitting five

of those

basically until I have one left and then

when I have that one left I'm going to

take the next body stitch and knit it

together with the border stitch so knit

two together and again I'm not going to

work any more of the body stitches it's

just one at a time so I need to turn and

work the border going the other way so

slip that first stitch and then knit or

work in pattern to the end split that

yarn there go to the end here

okay then you're going to go back toward

the body can follow your pattern knit

until you have one border stitch


and once again you've got one body

stitch that you're gonna work knit two

together with this last boarder stitch

and then turn the work because you don't

want to work any more body stitches slip

that first stitch and follow your

pattern back to the end of your border

and I've only done a connection to I

think three body stitches here so it

becomes a lot more appearance the more

you do but if I I slide it down here you

can see how we are working perpendicular

so I've got my connections right down

here that I'm connecting the body to the

border and I just keep working all the

way across until I get to the end and

I've worked at the very last body stitch

with the border and then I bind off and

in this case I would only have six

stitches to bind off so much easier than

even though I think of a sixteen that I

I cast on to do here but over 300

stitches on a shawl much easier to have

just a few stitches at the end of mind

off and that is how you work on it it on