This is one of my favorite stitches. We have been working on some new rugs and I decided to use this stitch for the edges. It works so well, and gets the thickness off to a great start. So I wondered how many others were finding this stitch to be a great one for a nice tight edge. Sometimes the edges seem to be what ‘befuddles’ many new knitters. So, I thought I should talk about it since it sounds complicated to describe, but really isn’t–and it is a lot of fun.
It is one stitch that does not do a full circular, only one pass of the board. It weaves across the two rows of needles at an angle of needle 1 to needle 3. Every needle gets covered. The tricky part of it is, at the beginning of a row and at the end. Because we are weaving needles 1 to needle 3, we have some bare needles and need to cover them. So we do this by first weaving the first 3 needles and then starting the diagonal weave. Same at the end of the row, we cover the bare needles by weaving the last 3 front to back. So, some overlap occurs and that is where we get the thick and thin issues. So, what thoughts or questions are there for this stitch. It’s not hard, just confusing when you first start it, but I think its worth the effort.