by Meg Bateman March 06, 2021 1 min read

Kelley needed a more complex project this week to keep her interested in her knitting, so she decided to try the Horai Scarf by Hiroko Fukatsu. It's a free lace scarf pattern! In this week's Technique Tuesday, Kelley shared how she's keeping her edges tidy and the Chinese Waitress Cast-On. 

Keeping Lace Edges Neat & Tidy

Photo showing the edges of the Horai knit scarf

Kelley has several favorite techniques for keeping edges tidy:

  1. Use two stitches of garter stitch on each edge to add stability to your edge. Make sure to cast on 4 extra stitches for this edge.
  2. For the Horai Scarf, she slipped the last two stitches of the row needle tip to needle tip (purl-wise) with the working yarn in front. On the next row you K2 before you begin your pattern.  This is an easy way to improve the look of your edge. Allow 4 extra cast on stitches for this edge.
  3. You can even use Slip1, P1, K1 on the first 3 stitches of each row and use K1, P1, K1 on the last 3 stitches of the row. Don’t forget to cast on 6 extra stitches for this edge pattern.

Chinese Waitress Cast-On

This unique cast-on is very similar to an i-cord edge, but lays flatter. Kelley is looking for a matching bind-off to share next week!

Meg Bateman
Meg Bateman



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