I have seen many lovely stitch patterns in books and on the net that I think would make great afghans, scarves, or even dishcloths. I like borders around flat pieces and have used garter or seed stitch for this purpose. Recently, I’ve done a couple of dishcloths ([I]had[/I] wanted to use as gifts)
but the stitch additions resulted in uneven patterns on the sides. One side would look like a nice four or five-stitch border and the other border side would be twice as wide. Sometimes the reverse side would be better, sometimes it was just as asymmetrical.
I am a dense-headed, relatively new knitter who cannot figure out anything on her own.My question:
How do you know if a given stitch pattern will “accept” the addition of border stitches and still look symmetrical? Is there some formula, such as: “If the pattern ends with x number of knits or purls, an added border will not work and you must add x number of stitches to assure equal sides.”
I am not even sure I am explaining the problem well enough to be understood.
Thanks for any help anyone can give.