Instructions to knit a scallop

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Instructions to knit a scallop
A scalloped edging adds a polished look to items like baby bootees. (knit baby bootees and bibs image by DSL from

Knitting a scalloped border or edging on a project gives it a wavy look. Though scallop stitches are common for crochet, they are less so in knitting. Knitting a scallop stitch is a process of alternating regular knit and purl rows with a row of increased and decreased stitches. If you have a basic understanding of knitted increases and decreases, you can knit a scallop stitch on your next project.

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Things you need

  • Knitting needles
  • Yarn

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  1. 1

    Knit the first row using all knitted stitches. This row might be the final row on your straight knitting project, such as a blanket or a scarf, or a round knitting project like socks or bootees. The knitted row is the base for your edging.

  2. 2

    For the second row, use a scallop stitch. To make a scallop stitch, repeat the following pattern across a round or row: Knit two stitches together a total of three times. Then yarn over and knit one stitch, for a total of six times. Finally, knit two stitches together a total of three more times. Continue in this pattern until you reach the end of the row or round.

  3. 3

    Knit the third row in your pattern, all the way across or around. Then make one row of purled stitches.

  4. 4

    Repeat the entire process as often as you like to deepen the scalloped border on your knitted garment.

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