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Sweater knit remnant->shawl in 1-3 easy steps?
seeking advice/feedback on edge finish ideas
Liz in Cville
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Date: 4/10/12 6:00 PM

Hi all,

Anyone up for weighing in on a low-stakes sewing and/or knitting challenge?

Just pulled this lovely sweater-knit roll end out of my stash.

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It is just big enough for a shawl for little old me.

The selvedges might have felted a tiny bit in the wash, but it's still lovely, and I think with the right edge finish, I could wear it outside the house.
I have never before worn a shawl, let alone made one, so please be kind. Here are my ideas so far:

Trim and then fold/roll the edges up to the olive fibers that form the diamonds, then zig zag over them. Sounds a bit messy and bulky, but relatively quick.

or

squaring all edges and binding with strips of similarly-colored silk habutai (I happen to have a collection of poorly-dyed turquoise scarves that might work). Would involve a lot of folding, I suppose -- maybe I could try out my bias-tape maker? -- and maybe it would look too much like a blanket? Matter of opinion, I guess.

or

Knitting a binding out of a teal/turquoise mohair-blend or similar-looking yarn…. I'd bet the local knitting store owner might have an idea, but it would probably cost 2-3x what the remnant did.

I think I should try to avoid bulky edges, which is tricky because the turquoise/teal yarn is gathered at the points of the diamonds.

I did not pay too much for it, but it would be a shame to keep hacking away at it trying different things until it's too small. It really is a nice size now. So if I can't figure out a solution in which I'm confident, it will get re-washed (once it's done keeping me warm) and restashed until I am more experienced and/or a solution presents itself :). It just looked so sad and compressed buried in the tub, I had to take it out and give it a chance! (Besides, I was cold, and out of clean sweatshirts).

Thanks in advance for any fashion sense and/or sewing tips :)
-- Edited on 4/10/12 6:00 PM --
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Date: 4/10/12 9:19 PM

Well... I don't have an original idea, but I like the last one you mentioned. I think it would look the best and avoid a "cheap" look to your new shawl. So what if it costs more than the fabric? If you love it, it's worth it, right?

Just my vote anyways... keep us posted!

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Date: 4/10/12 10:22 PM

Heather,

Thanks, I really appreciate the input :). I will shop around a bit for yarn... (I love doing that anyway)
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Date: 4/11/12 12:56 PM

I like Heather's idea too. The fabric is really cool and adding your own knit edge would really compliment it.

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In reply to Laurie Lou

Date: 4/14/12 9:55 AM

Thanks for your input :)

Now, just have to figure out whether I can hope to "graft" (?) onto the fabric, or simply knit the binding and sew it on....
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Date: 4/14/12 11:18 AM

I have no ideas - sorry! - but I sure would be interested to see what you come up with.

Are the edges cut? I guess I'm not sure I'm understanding exactly what this is....
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In reply to lisalu

Date: 4/14/12 11:24 AM

Yup, edges are cut. There are selvedges on two sides, but they are slightly felted, and not so pretty anyway.

It's a conundrum... Maybe I should post on Ravelry, but I'm still a little shy there .
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In reply to Liz in Cville

Date: 4/14/12 12:57 PM

Ravelry....sigh....don't even get me started...

I have been a member there for several years and many times I have *almost* deleted my membership. Here at PR the members are kind, considerate and supportive almost without exception. Many Ravelry users on the other hand come across snide, angry, vitriolic and just plain rude. I can't tell you how many catfights I've witnessed (and regrettably) been drawn into before I learned my lesson to just stay away.

I'm not sure why it is that way, but PR is so much more friendly!
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In reply to lisalu

Date: 4/19/12 3:24 PM

Oh gosh... I didn't know that; I was just being shy on principle .
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