Hi, everyone! I recently knit a shawl for a friend using a stitch known as “fagotting”, which is a very simple, open-work stitch. The pattern is: *yarn over, ssk, all the way across each row. It seems related to (or perhaps identical with?) a stitch known as “purse stitch.”
Anyway, I’ve knit up the whole thing to the desired length; it’s a more or less semi-circular pattern, and I’ve ended on the side that would be the diameter of the circle (so I’ve got lots and lots of stitches on my needle). Now it’s time to bind off.
However, I know if I bind off in pattern, the stitches are going to gather into a much tighter gauge and I’ll lose the width of the shawl’s top row. I thought perhaps I should first knit a row by inserting additional stitches, and then bind off on the following row, but with this kind of open work pattern, I don’t know where or how I should pick up the extra stitches.
Any help for binding off an open work, lace pattern like this without messing up the gauge?