My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

Feeling Edgy

Because I finished my cardi on Friday night, I of course needed a new project. You may remember that I posted a photo of another pile of Tempted Lovely Grrl yarn last week. This:

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The colorway is called “Three-of-a-Kind Jacks” and it is a variegated blend of blues and purples. Because it is a variegated colorway, I wanted to use it for a relatively plain project. So I sketched out a plain stockinette pullover with a bit of waist shaping, round neck, and three-quarter length sleeves.

I did want something to add a bit of interest, so I opted for a fun edging at the bottom hem:

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This edging is worked by first knitting 6 rows of seed stitch. On the 7th row, you work 6 stitches, then rotate the left-hand needle (with all the unworked stitches on it) 360 degrees counter-clockwise, work 6 more, then rotate the left-hand needle again, et cetera, until you have worked your way across all the stitches. It makes a very fun little edging, doesn’t it?

I am knitting this sweater with a U.S. size 6 (4mm) needle, but because I figured the edging would pull things in a bit, I worked the 6 rows of seed stitch with a U.S. size 7 (4.5mm) needle, and then on the twist row worked from the size 7 to size 6 needle. That seems to have worked very nicely and I have the bottom edge I wanted.

I am nearing completion of the back of the sweater.

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I found the edging in Nicky Epstein’s Knitting on the Edge, which was just released in paperback last month. This is a great reference book, with 350 patterns for edgings — some ribs, some lace, some texture, some fringed, some picot. And more!

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The photos in this book are great, and there are many patterns that will inspire your creativity. Using one of these edgings is a great way to jazz up a plain piece of knitting.

I already owned the hardcover edition of this book, so I don’t really need two copies. Who’d like my new paperback copy?

To be entered in a random drawing to receive this book, leave a comment to this post by 4:00pm eastern time on Thursday, September 30, at which time a winner will be chosen from among the comments.

Two drawings to win books in one week. It’s crazyland here, I tell you.

Lucy sez:

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“Let me know when teh crazee passes.”

Comments

  1. Oh, I have looked at that book and wanted it for a while now. I have a scarf pattern that needs a better edge on it and that book would help me out a lot! Pick me, random number thingie!

  2. I love that edging! Very clever.

  3. You are so generous! Thanks again for letting us try to win a valuable resource!

  4. Love your new cardi!

  5. Count me in please. Lucy is so very observant !!

  6. I am totally feeling edgy. That book looks like just what I can use to make that perfect sweater for myself…eventually.

  7. It looks like the sweater will be lovely. I hadn’t thought of all the potential the book had – re adding interest to plain sweaters.

  8. That’s a fun edging indeed! I’d love to win the book.

  9. I love the yarn colors…you do such nice work…I am very jealous ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love to win the edging book too!

  10. So I have lusted over this book for a long time and would love a copy. Now that it is in paperback I wont feel so guilty buying it!

  11. It would be wonderful to have my own copy of this book; then I could let someone else at the Library take out the copy there that I keep reserving.

    Love that scalloped edging!

  12. I could definately use this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

  13. Great book, would love to win it.

  14. I’ve been seeing that twisted edging quite a few times in the last few weeks; before that I had no clue such a thing existed! I’d love to be entered for a copy of the book.

  15. Marsha in CO says:

    That edging is too cool! That book looks great. I need to try out Tempted Grlll.

  16. That’s going to be a lovely sweater. And the edging will make it.

  17. That yarn is very pretty. Thanks for sharing your books with us ~

  18. Crazy, but definitely appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚ The edging looks lovely (and the edging on the book cover looks pretty hot, too) ๐Ÿ˜€ Count me in!

  19. Beautiful yarn and I love the colorway! I’m looking forward to seeing the finished sweater.

    That book is a must have.

  20. Penelope Deotte says:

    Simple little edging looks great! Wonderful idea.

  21. Teri Chambliss says:

    Beautiful color and a fun edge-what a combo…

  22. I would love a copy of that book. I always get it from the library. Thanks for the opportunity.

  23. I love the new project. Last night I finished a scarf that uses short rows to create a potato chip spiral, so I can kind of envision your edging and just how pretty it must be. Inspired to try it – and would love the book for lots ‘o inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Pick me!

    That’s gorgeous yarn – it’ll make a beautiful sweater.

  25. muveknitter says:

    Love the edging and the yarn. would enjoy the book, will have to start hinting for christmas:-)

  26. Oh, I would LOVE a copy of _Knitting on the Edge_ – I’m trying to take the knitting up a notch, and do new things!

  27. I would adore a copy of that book. I find all of Nicky’s work inspiring.
    Thank you!
    Dina

  28. Arlene Hoose says:

    Hi
    That edging sounds and looks like fun. Would love to try it.
    Please enter me to win.

  29. I would love to win the book. That edging is fascinating, I would never have thought to do something like that.

  30. That edging is pretty. Sounds’ like a lame description but that’s the best my brain can do right now. I’d love to win the book. Hope I do!!! Thanks for sharing your fun stuff!

  31. Love the edging and the colorway! Can’t wait to see the finished sweater. Thanks for sharing all the knitting inspiration.

  32. Great edging – what weight is that yarn?

  33. Please enter me for the book.

    Lovely work as always.

  34. Neat edging! I’ll have to try it sometime.

  35. This book would be perfect for my Winter projects!!!! Currently, I’m preparing for some intensive baby socks knitting sessions. I’m so grateful for your “toe-up” technique!!! That has changed my sock-knitting life!!!!! I can’t do without it!!!!
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Petit lapin automnal =-.

  36. That looks like a fun book, and I really like that edging. Sign me up!

  37. I would LOVE to have this neat book on edging. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  38. Oh my….free stuff. And such really cool free stuff!! The book looks really good and if I don’t win I may have to just go buy it ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. ooooh, that book looks great!

    I did a sock cuff that was similar to that edging once. Tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, it looks really nice!

  40. Love your blog and would love to win the book!

  41. Please, please pick me. I really want this book! Thanks!
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Iโ€™m Bad =-.

  42. I’d like a copy.

  43. What a beautiful color. Looks like an interesting book. Hope I win!

  44. I would love to win such a fun book!

  45. I’ve checked that book out at our local library. It’s very nice!!! It would be lovely to have my very own copy. I like your sweater edging!
    .-= Ruth´s last blog ..Next up- =-.

  46. I love the edging at the bottom! Thanks for posting the close-up photo. It is beautiful.

    Louise

  47. Very pretty edging! I’d like to try that on a sweater.

  48. im just lori says:

    What a lovely book! Yes please. ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. That is a fun edging and the color is gorgeous! The book looks great too. I love learning new things!

  50. I loooove that book! I borrow it from the library ALL. THE. TIME.

  51. Geraldine Scott says:

    It would be super cool to win this book! Thanks for doing this…

  52. Can’t wait to see the finished sweater!

  53. I’d live to have Knitting on the Edge. I’ve seen it and it’s a great book – makes me want to knit edging after edging!

  54. I’d love that book, I’m currently trying to design a shawl and am desperately stuck on the edging!
    thanks for being as generous as ever Wendy

  55. Oh, Lucy, I think you’ve lived with Wendy long enough to know that the crazy will /never/ pass. At least, not the crazy about knitting, or about you!

    The edging book sounds fascinating, please consider me entered into the drawing!

  56. Love the yarn! Thanks for a chance to win this great book…

  57. I love that edging. Makes me want the book just to see what else is in there! From the number of comments so far, I am not alone. Oh well, random is random, not first come, first served!
    .-= Tee´s last blog ..Elephant included for scale =-.

  58. The book would be a real treat. And I really like the colours of your sweater too.

  59. I love the cable on the front of the book. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  60. Often a lurker her but just had to comment on this post. I have coveted the Knitting on the Edge book for a couple of years.

    Also, love the color and plan for this pullover. Can’t wait to see the finished project.

  61. I’ve been eying that book for a while…. Keeping fingers crossed!

  62. Gloria Hornbecker says:

    The edging of your sweater is beautiful! Nice to see of other ways to finish
    edges of projects besides ribbing! Thank you Wendy, for sharing so often
    with your knitting fans!
    I am a huge fan of beautiful Miss Lucy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  63. Hiya Lucy & Mum, Me & my kitties,the GhettoKitty gang wanted to say hi. Blue,not my fave but the colorway posted,nice, and the edging is cool too, think i’ll try the curvy roll myself. Just found your blog thru my web slices feed so popped by & the GhettoKittys,all 6 of ’em, ok 3 mine,3 roomies, really wanted to say Lucy’s lovely & we’ll be back….

  64. Linda F Piotrowski says:

    I love the color blue and yours is beautiful. I’ve never done a fancy edge of any kind. Nicky Epstein book would encourage me to try one or two or … I can’t get over how quickly you finish projects and then dream up another one. I’m in awe!
    Thanks for being such a generous person.

  65. What a beautiful book! Count me in.

  66. I appreciate the chance to win the book! And that blue/purple yarn is gorgeous, might have to go off the yarn diet for that.

  67. Wendy,

    : ) if I win : ( if I don’t

    Thank you either way.

    Julia

  68. Oh what a lovely blue! And NE’s book in paperback??? Fabulous! I can’t wait to see what othe patterns you use from it!

  69. Your edging on the sweater is interesting and I always like new ideas and the book would help. Thank you
    .-= nannyjean´s last blog .. =-.

  70. You always knit such beautiful items and your little Lucy is gorgeous, too. I have the perfect plain stockinette sweater pattern to which I could add an interesting edging from the book that you are offering. Thank you for offering to give a copy away to a lucky winner!

  71. Wow, another great book giveaway – it’s our Kim Lucky week! I love Nicky Epstein’s books and your new sweater looks great – that yarn is gorgeous!

  72. This looks like a fun book. Thanks for sharing!

  73. Donna Jacobs says:

    I just started knitting 4 mos. ago and love it and would love to win this book ๐Ÿ˜€

  74. Hoo baby…I’d love to win this one!

  75. wow great book. I would love a chance to win it. I love the color of your current project, by the way. I love knitting plain things with variegated or colorful yarns!

  76. Love the way the edging looks on the new sweater. Thanks for all the giveaways!

  77. If I could work a fraction of the number of gorgeous projects you (usually) design and speed through in such a short time, I’d be ecstatic! Your output is staggering, Wendy. And so, so beautiful.
    Thanks for the chance to win such a generous prize. :->

  78. Love your giveaways.

  79. another pretty sweater in the works, you go girl!! love the edge, might have to try that!!

  80. I love that edging; I used a similar one on my Kai-Mei socks that I never finished. Just another inch and then the toe of that second sock. I should go find it.

    I’d love to win the book; I have a borrowed copy here that I should return to its rightful owner…
    .-= pdxknitterati/MicheleLB´s last blog ..Friends and Fiber =-.

  81. Would love a copy! Thanks for the contest ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= funderbug´s last blog ..cherries rock =-.

  82. Helen Smathers says:

    Beautiful sweater in beautiful colors.

  83. I love the color of the yarn!

  84. Would love to own that book! You are a constant inspiration in so many ways!

  85. I love the edging. The variations in the yarn really enhance the texture. I love it when the colour and the texture work together like that. I am excited that this book is now out in paperback. And I am happy to hear that you have another book in the works. Have a great day!

  86. Hi great looking knit can’t wait to see it finished maybe get the pattern hope hope oh yeah i’d love to have this book

  87. Pretty yarn. Can’t wait to see the finished sweater.

  88. I would really like this book on edgings. It sounds like the perfect thing for me right now. Thank you for the drawing.

  89. Oooh, ohh, me! Pick me! I need some edging in my life ๐Ÿ™‚

  90. I would love a chance to win!

  91. Count me in! I love small ways to jazz things up!

  92. The edging on the cardigan is very clever and it looks good too.

  93. I didn’t know this book was out in paperback yet….woo hoo!

  94. I NEED that book! P.S. I bought this same Tempted yarn when Stacy had it at SWAK in the City and I love it. Your sweater is looking great.

  95. Thanks for the chance to win this book! I have admired it for a while.

  96. OMG the colour of that yarn!!! That edging is really cute, but I’ll have to read your explanation a couple more times to work out what you’re doing exactly. My brain is a bit work-frazzled today ๐Ÿ˜€
    .-= Helen´s last blog ..Glasgow =-.

  97. Thank you for the second drawing this week! I would love to win this book. Thank you!

  98. Love that edging. And that book and Nicky’s other ‘edging’ books have been on my wish list for ages. Love the yarn too.

  99. wow, i’d love this book. I am always struggling to find something interesting for an edging. If I don’t win, i have to go get it ๐Ÿ™‚

  100. That edging looks great. Please enter me in the drawing. ๐Ÿ™‚