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1 cotton yarn that makes this scalloped cast-on edge stand out

by Charles Voth

Today we’ll continue looking at how Radiant Cotton yarn by Fibra Natura is ideal for knitting textured stitch patterns, and especially for this scalloped cast-on edge.

Close up of crocheted scalloped edging attached to a sample of knitted lace with bobbles.

Radiant Cotton makes the bobbles, lace, and scalloped edging pop on this swatch.

Yesterday we saw how this lovely cotton yarn works up in a lace pattern. Today I’m delving into a little more texture.

First, the scalloped edging. Isn’t it fabulous?!

Close up of crocheted scalloped edging from a top-down view

Top-down view of the crocheted scalloped edging! Adorable and worthy of this cotton yarn.

Now – I’m a patient man and a patient knitter, but when it comes to scalloped edgings, I’m not patient at all. I haven’t really ever found a knitted scallop edging that either a) didn’t look like bunting banners, or b) didn’t give me a headache. So I cross over into some of my other craft skills and turn to crochet. I know some of you are die-hard non-crocheters, but we’re not making a whole garment or afghan.

Trying a new activity and using new hand muscles and brain cells is important for some of us who get set in our ways. New skills are good for aging synapses, right? So I hope you’ll give it a try. If not,after we look in detail at the edging, I’ll talk about the other textures in this swatch, which are ALL knit.

close-up of steps 1 to 4 with chains and yarn overs to make a double crochet stitch. In step 1, the yarn goes around the hook, which is ready to insert into the first of 4 ch stitches. In the second step, the hook draws up a loop onto the hook, ready for the next yarn round hook. Step 3 shows the first two loops of the double crochet (dc) worked off, ready for the next yarn round hook, and, in step 4, the loop has been drawn through the remaining two loops, completing the dc.

It takes 4 simple steps to make the first double crochet stitch.

To make this scalloped edging, you need to know how to chain, how to yarn over, how to make a double-crochet stitch and a treble-crochet stitch. You begin by making 4 chains, then yarn over (1 in the photo above), then insert the hook in the first chain and pull up a loop (2 in the photo above). Yarn over and pull through first 2 loops on hook (3) and yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops (4). That’s the double-crochet completed. The next stitch is a treble crochet (tc or tr). To make it, yarn over twice (5 in the photo below) and insert hook in same chain space as the dc, yarn over and pull up a loop (6). Yarn over and pull through 2 loops (7) and do that twice more to finish the treble-crochet (8).

The base chain with the completed double crochet. Step 5 has 3 loops over the needle, Step 6 shows the loop drawn up through the same chain stitch as the double crochet (steps 1-4 in the photo above). Step 7 shows the result of a yarn round hook drawn through 2 loops, and step 8 shows the finished treble crochet.

The second stitch is a treble crochet in the same chain.

To make the next scallop, chain four again, and work both the double-crochet and the treble crochet under the 2 strands that are the front loop and the first vertical bar of the last treble-crochet you made.

To do a little planning for your knitting project, you need to know that you can get 4 knit stitches to each scallop of this crocheted border.

6 repeats of the scalloped pattern motif

A strand of 6 scallops, ready to become a cast-on scalloped edging.

To pick up and knit stitches, start with the loop that was on your crochet hook and slip it onto your right needle. Then flip to the wrong side of the row of scallops where you’ll find…wait for it…purl bumps! Yes, on the back of each treble crochet stitch you can find 3 bumps. Each one is an insertion point to pick up and knit 3 of the 4 stitches that will be allotted to each scallop.

"purl" bumps on the back of the scallops have been highlighted to show where to pick up and knit stitches.

“Purl” bumps on the back of the scallops are highlighted to show where to pick up and knit stitches.

Then after you pick up 3, you flip the scallop back to the right side up and you can see the juncture between the scallops. This is where you pick up and knit the fourth stitch.

The photo has been highlighted to show the strands where to insert the needle the fourth stitch of the repeat on the right side of the work.

You pick up and knit every 4th stitch from the right-side under the highlighted strands on the scalloped edging

When you’ve picked up all the stitches across you’ll have a multiple of 4, plus 1. The first row is a purl or wrong-side row. In this row, you can increase or decrease the 1 or 2 stitches you may need to adjust to get the given stitch count for your pattern. For this bobble and lace swatch however, 25 sts was just what I needed.

The crocheted edge, with 25 stitches picked up along its side (multiple of 4 plus 1 for the edge).

4 stitches per scallop, plus 1 for the edge creates a balanced row ready for knitting.

This scalloped edging or cast-on (if you want to think of it that way) is great for blankets, and other items of home decor. You may like it on a shawl or scarf, too. It adds a marginal amount of weight, so to balance a finished item, like a blanket, I would crochet on a scallop border that looks exactly the same after I had bound off the last row. To do an added on edging, you simply join the crochet to the knit fabric with a slip stitch. Then you chain 4, double crochet in the same spot the chains come from, treble crochet in the same spot, too. Then you lean the scallop across the edge to equal a distance of 4 stitches and you slip stitch into the edge of the fabric and you’re ready to repeat from there.

Now, on to the bobbles and lace of this swatch. I saw a little baby bunting on Pinterest that was completely covered in bobbles and it struck a chord with me. Once I started knitting with Radiant Cotton, this stitch seemed like a perfect pairing to knit with this soft glistening cotton. Here’s the lace pattern I re-engineered from a very blurry photograph on Pinterest.

A knitting chart for a lace and bobble stitch pattern, with a blue box outline showing where the stitches and rows repeat.

Symbol chart for this easy and charming bobble and lace stitch pattern.

Legend for chart symbols

Legend for chart symbols

Knowing that not all of you love knitting charts, I’ve added the text instructions below, too. This isn’t a complete pattern, but you can use this chart for any project that you like. Explanations for some of the abbreviations are given in the Stitch Glossary, below, but the trickiest bit is the bobble, so I’ll explain that separately.

Make bobble (MB): In next st, (k 1, yo, k1) all together, turn your work, leaving rem sts unworked, purl 3, turn, knit 3, turn, purl 3, turn, slip first st purlwise, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over the first st and then proceed to follow the rest of the row instructions. You can do it at any time, but popping the bobble out to the RS of the fabric is easiest right after you’ve made it.

Row 1: Knit.
Row 2 and all even rows: Purl.
Row 3: P2, [p1, yo, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, p4] across to last 11 sts, p1, yo, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, p3.
Row 5: P2, [p2, yo, k1, s1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p5] across to last 11 sts, p2, yo, k1, s1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4.
Row 7: K1, rki, [ssk, k3, mb, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, rki] across to last 11 sts, ssk, k3, mb, k3, k2tog, yo, k1.
Row 9: P1, yo, [k1, ssk, k1, yo, s2tog-k1-p2sso, yo, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, p1, yo] across to last 11 sts, k1, ssk, k1, yo, s2tog-k1-p2sso, yo, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, p1.
Row 11: P2, [yo, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, p3] across to last 11 sts, yo, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, p2.
Row 13: P2, [p1, yo, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, p4] across to last 11 sts, p1, yo, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, p3.
Row 14: Purl

Repeat Rows 5-14 for pattern.

Stitch Glossary

k2tog: Knit 2 stitches together.
rki: Lift the stitch 1 row below the next stitch onto the left needle and knit this stitch.
mb: (K, yo, k) in 1, turn work, p3, turn, k3, turn, p3, turn, s1-k2tog-psso.
ssk: Slip 2 stitches knitwise, then knit slipped stitches together.
s1-k2tog-psso: Slip one stitch knitwise, then knit 2 stitches together and pass the slipped stitch over.
s2tog-k1-p2sso: Slip 2 stitches together knitwise, knit 1, then pass slipped stitches over.

Try something new! Use this scalloped edging on one of your upcoming projects!

Try something new! Use this scalloped edging on one of your upcoming projects!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post. Tomorrow is our last day with Radiant Cotton, and once again, I’m combining lace and knitting — this time, for children.

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: Knitting delicate lace in a summer stole with cotton yarn

Go to part 5: Crossing stitches is easier than knitting cables

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Allyson Becker March 11, 2017 - 10:28 pm

I love the beautiful effect created by this yarn. I think I need this!

Julie Bolduc March 9, 2017 - 3:54 pm

I like how you explain it well


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