Member since 6/13/12
Date: 1/22/13 3:42 PM
I feel really silly asking but here goes. I am making this shawl for my dear MIL who insisted on this pattern. Its dead easy except I have never 'dropped stitches and unravel to make fringe' at the end of a pattern while binding off/after binding off. Can someone put this in different words so I 'get it' before I get to the drop stitches and unravel part (and have to start over because I messed it up). I cannot see in my mind that these dropped stitches will not keep unravelling leaving me with no shawl left. Does the unravelling need to be done carefully and the ends knotted before you unravel? Thanks in Advance!
Here is the pattern(it is free from brooks farm yarn website):
This pattern can be used to create a long/wide shawl or, using
smaller needles and less stitches, a scarf. It is made on the bias,
increasing on one row, decreasing on the next. To make it easy, use 2 markers to know when to increase and one marker for the decrease. You will always do your increase/decrease at the end of the rows. The 4 stitches beyond your marker become your fringe.
Cast on 120 stitches
Row 1: K4, Place one marker, K to within 5 stitches of end. Increase on that 5th from end, Place 2 markers, K4
Row 2: Turn and knit to within 2 stitches of the single marker (6 stitches from end), K2tog, K4
Repeat these 2 rows to desired length.
When you have reached your desired length and are ready to bind off: Knit to the marker on your last
knit row, drop off those last 4 stitches, then turn and bind off until you reach the 2nd set of
marker/markers. Drop off those last 4 stitches and tie off.
Now the fun begins, unravel the stitches you dropped off. Knot each strand of fringe at the top.