These days, I've been doing a lot of knitting to finish a new design that will be published as part of a collection in an upcoming book. Here's a sneak peek ...
The lovely button is from Stonemountain and Daughter in Berkeley -- they were so helpful in finding the perfect button for this project. Thank you!
This design incorporates one of my fave knit techniques -- creating a picot edging. As you can see, the technique results in a decorative and clean finish, and is really easy to do.
The picot edging has two elements -- a "fold line" created by a row of yarn-overs and knit 2 togethers, and an inside "facing" -- usually worked in stockinette because it is a flat stitch -- that is sewn to the wrong side of the garment. When the facing if folded, the picot "bumps" become visible.
- Pin the facing to the wrong side all the way across your work before you sew to make sure the edging will lie flat. In some areas, there may be puckering that you'll have to account for when you sew.
- Make sure the row of stitches you will be picking up on the garment's wrong side is even across -- there will naturally be a "line" that shows on the right side of the garment, so you want to make sure that "line" is straight and even across.
- Gently pull the yarn through the stitches as you sew be careful not to tug the yarn too much. Any tugging will distort the garment.
- Keep in mind that often, the edging will end up being a bit wider than the garment due to the stretching that occurs when you sew.
Now back to my sewing projects -- two dresses and a Chanel-style jacket!