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Attaching binding to knitted blanket
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Sep 11, 2012 17:16:05   #
baileysmom
 
Can anyone give me pointers on how to do this? I cannot find any videos on this and I would do better if I could see someone do it. I don't have a sewing machine, so have to do it by hand. Thanks!
 
Sep 11, 2012 17:31:32   #
Yarn Happy
 
You can knit an I-Cord border.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0PILVw6eO8
Sep 11, 2012 18:04:47   #
baileysmom
 
Yarn Happy wrote:
You can knit an I-Cord border.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0PILVw6eO8


I could, but I have the same problem as if I crocheted an edge. I have a bumpy edge. I find nothing on the internet that shows me how to attach it to the bumpy edge. I didn't slip the first stitch because I am a beginner and had already started my baby blanket before I learned about it. I know everyone is trying to be helpful, but I'm a beginner, not an experienced knitter and I can't do some of the things everyone is telling me to do. Thank you for the help anyway.
Sep 11, 2012 18:08:30   #
littlemissxmas
 
I'm wondering if the videos that teach you how to apply binding to a quilt or baby blanket would help you. Reason being and they are made of many textures of fabric also.
Sep 11, 2012 19:13:46   #
baileysmom
 
littlemissxmas wrote:
I'm wondering if the videos that teach you how to apply binding to a quilt or baby blanket would help you. Reason being and they are made of many textures of fabric also.


I'm not sure, I will look at those. I can figure it out I just have to find out what to attach it with and what type of stitch since I have to do it by hand.
Sep 11, 2012 19:29:51   #
m.r.b.
 
I made plenty of baby afghans before knowing to slip the first stitch. I did not think the bumpy edge looked bad. I think the slipped stitch looks better after knowing it can be done. So, does it really look bad or do you just think it would have looked better if slipped? Like I said, many of my afghans were done the unslipped way and looked fine.
 
Sep 11, 2012 19:38:48   #
baileysmom
 
m.r.b. wrote:
I made plenty of baby afghans before knowing to slip the first stitch. I did not think the bumpy edge looked bad. I think the slipped stitch looks better after knowing it can be done. So, does it really look bad or do you just think it would have looked better if slipped? Like I said, many of my afghans were done the unslipped way and looked fine.


It doesn't look bad. Since I am a beginner, the tension is not as great as it could be. I just figured out a better way to hold my yarn. I do plan to wash it since it is acrylic and if I can (don't know if I should, will ask later)or should steam block it. We'll see when it's finished. I would post a picture, but I am afraid people would see any mistakes that I didn't and that to all the experts, they would see imperfections others didn't. I plan to knit a teddy in the same yarn. I have until January to finish both. It will take me that long, now if I can just finish this darn thing so I can start Teddy. Do you slip the first to purl or knit. I like the slip to purl and knit the last stitch of every row. I don't know what that would do to something if I have a pattern though. Just have to wait and see. Thank you for your thoughts, I am just a bit (haha) critical of my own work.
Sep 11, 2012 19:40:22   #
fergablu2 (a regular here)
 
Matching sewing thread and slipstitch or applique stitch.

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/7220/how-to-do-a-slipstitch

http://turningturning.com/tutorial-invisible-ladder-stitch-for-quilt-binding/
Sep 11, 2012 20:03:31   #
baileysmom
 


I appreciate the links, not sure I can do either one, I am pretty thick headed, but we'll see when I get to that point. I do appreciate them though, just wish there was someone around to show me what to do. I have taught my self to knit and sew a very little bit, crochet very little, other then that,I'm clueless. So many talented people here I am out of my element.
Sep 11, 2012 21:58:53   #
m.r.b.
 
baileysmom wrote:


I appreciate the links, not sure I can do either one, I am pretty thick headed, but we'll see when I get to that point. I do appreciate them though, just wish there was someone around to show me what to do. I have taught my self to knit and sew a very little bit, crochet very little, other then that,I'm clueless. So many talented people here I am out of my element.
quote=fergablu2 Matching sewing thread and slipst... (show quote)


If you do know how to crochet, you could do a row of shells around the outside. That would be pretty and might give it a nice finish. You can mix crochet and knit in your projects.
Sep 12, 2012 06:13:47   #
kknott4957
 
If you're using blanket binding (wide binding folded in half) then you could use a simple mattress stitch with heavier thread to hold it secure, catching both sides at once. If you are using a wider bias tape that is folded in half that kind of tape is usually folded with a small fold for a seam on each side of the tape and then the tape is folded in half. I have done the following: on the wrong side of the blanket stitch down one side of the binding on the small folded seam then fold the binding over the edge of the blanket and top stitch the binding to the blanket. Hope I explained that well enough.
 
Sep 12, 2012 06:48:04   #
MawMaw12
 
Pick up your stitches between the bumps. Go right ahead then and knit or crochet your border. By the time you are done no one will know anything about your bumpy edge. It's gone, just don't make your border too tight.
Sep 12, 2012 07:27:42   #
apette (a regular here)
 
If you have a local sewing store, they usually have a list of names of people who will do the sewing for you or perhaps someone in the store would be willing to show you how to do the hand stitching.

Good luck.
Sep 12, 2012 08:09:16   #
Sally Forth
 
Baileys Mom, I think you are worrying too much. I felt the same about my first Wrap-with-Love blankie. The squares I made, knitted 'on-the-diagonal' where half was increasing, the other half decreasing, looked OK until I started sewing them together. Then the decreasing/increasing seemed to leave a row of holes. The outside edges were rough.
I had some 'feathers' yarn in a complementary shade, so I used that to blanket-stitch [like a wide buttonhole stitch] around the edges and whip-stitched over the joins between each square. The fluffy feathers yarn looked quite effective.
It took a fair bit of feathers yarn, but gave the blanket a finished look that made me happy with the finished result.
This is 'before' the feathers outlines

Blankie with squares outlined in 'Feathers' yarn

Sep 12, 2012 08:39:22   #
Sally Forth
 
Here is a close-up of the squares.
Close-up of Blankie squares with 'Feathers' yarn outline

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