How to: Mitered Borders on a Knitted Blanket

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How to: Mitered Borders on a Knitted Blanket
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After you knit a blanket, you can add a knitted border with the same or a contrasting colour yarn. For a neat finishing touch, use a garter stitch border and mitre the corners of the border.

There are two methods for making a border with mitred corners. In the continuous border method, knit the border all the way around the edge of the blanket. For a joined border, knit separate borders for each edge and sew them together at the corners.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Yarn
  • Circular needle
  • Knitting needles
  • Blunt tapestry needle

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Instructions

    Continuous Border

  1. 1

    Pick up and knit the stitches along the top edge of the blanket using a large circular needle. Pick up one stitch for every stitch.

  2. 2

    Place a stitch marker at the corner.

  3. 3

    Pick up and knit stitches along the side edge, picking up 3 stitches for every 4 rows, and place another marker at the corner.

  4. 4

    Repeat Step 1 along the bottom edge and Step 2 along the other side edge, placing markers at each corner. Join the yarn to the first stitch.

  5. 5

    Purl each stitch, slipping the markers as you come to them.

  6. 6
    • Knit 1, knit into the front and back of the next stitch, knit to 2 stitches before the corner marker, knit into the front and back of the next stitch, knit 1, slip the marker. Repeat from the * until you complete the second round.
  7. 7

    Repeat steps 5 and 6 until the border is the width that you want.

  8. 8

    Cast off and weave in the ends.

    Joined Border

  1. 1

    Pick up and knit the stitches along the top edge of the blanket. Pick up one stitch for every stitch. Turn the work.

  2. 2

    Knit 1, knit into the front and back of the next stitch, knit to 2 stitches before the end, knit into the front and back of the next stitch, knit 1. Turn the work.

  3. 3

    Knit each stitch. Turn.

  4. 4

    Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the border on the top edge is the width that you want. Then bind off.

  5. 5

    Repeat steps 1, 2, 3, and 4 on the bottom edge. Be sure to knit exactly as many rows for the bottom border as you knitted for the top border.

  6. 6

    Pick up and knit the stitches along one side edge of the blanket. Pick up three stitches for every four rows. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have knitted the same number of rows for the side border as you knitted for the top border, then bind off.

  7. 7

    Repeat step 6 for the other side edge.

  8. 8

    Sew the corners together using a mattress stitch. Weave in all the ends.

Tips and warnings

  • A continuous border is more appropriate for smaller blankets such as baby blankets.
  • A joined border is appropriate for any blanket. When you make a joined border, you can use a different colour for each side of the border.

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