Note: For the Border, use the Contrast Yarn DOUBLED. You can either pull from the inside and the outside of one ball of yarn, or pull one strand from each of two balls.

With the Contrast Yarn and a 40 inch, US #13 needles, begin the border at any corner:

*Pick up 60 stitches to the next corner, place a marker, repeat from * until you have returned to the beginning corner. For the last marker, use a different color in order to indicate the beginning of the round. (240 stitches) [B]I don’t understand what is being communicated right here.[/B]

The border is knit in the round. Join the round by knitting into the first stitch you picked up.

Round 1: Knit.

Round 2: *K1, make 1 right, knit to the next marker, make 1 left, slip the marker, repeat from * to the end of the round. (8 stitches increased)

Rounds 3 and 4: Repeat Rounds 1 and 2.

Round 5: Knit.

Round 6: Purl.

Round 7: Knit.

Round 8: *K1, k2tog, knit to 2 stitches before the next marker, ssk, slip the marker, repeat from * to end of round. (8 stitches decreased)

Rounds 9 and 10: Repeat Rounds 7 and 8.

Now is a good time to weave in any ends.

Sounds like the border on a blanket or square. Picking up the stitches is a way of putting live sts onto the needle from the knit fabric. There’s a video hereto show how. You’re to pick up 60sts along each side, placing a marker at each corner and a different color marker at the last corner to mark the beginning of the round. There’ll be 240sts total on the needle when you’re finished picking up sts. You can mark out the halfway or quarterway points on each side to make it easier to pick up the sts evenly if that helps.
But perhaps there’s something else that is puzzling you?

I’m new to knitting and this is my first project knitting a border. I am so nervous. I will look at view to help me overcome fear.

Just looked at video seems so easy so let me get started.

I love this site!

You can do it. We’ll all be happy to help. And if it doesn’t work the first time, you can always take it out and re-do it. I’ve certainly done that many times myself.

The first time one of you suggested that I could “just” take it out and re-do it, I almost fainted/cried/all of the above. :slight_smile: Until I realized that I got to keep on knitting afterward.:woot:

No fear, tahawkins.:muah:

Just take it out. I guess some things I prefer not to recall. I’ve ripped so many stitches that now it’s no biggie. Yes, back then it was!

Good observation!

All of this reminds me of my Home Ec. teacher telling me (numerous times) that I needed to “resew” something. I guess that’s a word, but “resewing” involved a whole lot more than just “sewing again.” Sometimes we make something [U]sound[/U] SO easy, when it’s just not (however doable it might be).

Thanks all for help. I so don’t want to have to take out 240 stitches. Lol:thumbsup:

I don’t understand this line.

Round 2: *K1, make 1 right, knit to the next marker, make 1 left, slip the marker, repeat from * to the end of the round. (8 stitches increased)

Does this mean that I add 1 before the marker and on after the marker?

I learned how to knit from YouTube. I love love love that site.

You want to make one left before the marker, slip the marker, [I]k1[/I], and then make one right.
So 2 repeats would look like
K1, make 1 right, knit to the next marker, [U]make 1 left, slip the marker, K1, make 1 right,[/U] knit to the next marker, make 1 left, slip the marker (and then repeat from the K1).

Antares, I dare say your Home Ec teacher was a process sewer with a perfectionist streak! :slight_smile:

Being firmly in the Type A personality camp (the typical product knitter) made admitting to myself that I am a process knitter difficult to accept. That’s where turning off my internal knitting police fear of wasting productive time really helped, and all of you repeating the mantra about “just” ripping it out let me focus on what really matters to me - the act of knitting.

I do love getting to the destination of a FO, but now I can really enjoy the journey with its re-knitting side trips, thanks to all of the reminders to just rip it out.

Yes, I am a special kind of crazy!:eyes:

I like your kind of crazy!

Charlotte: Your kind of crazy works for me, the so-called “sane” people I’ve met I didn’t even want to get to know. It took a while for me to get that frogging and starting over really is OK, sometimes I have to let something that just isn’t going right sit for a while before I can frog, but then it’s OK. Home Ec teachers taught sewing and cooking their way were things I never wanted to do, but I was sewing and cooking already. I told my kids that they have to do things the way the teacher says and don’t feel like they should explain that the way they already learned is better. I figured they might learn something useful and there are times when we just have to get through. So, keep being your own special crazy, it’s easy to appreciate.