I’m suffering from pre-nostalgia on this Picket Fence Afghan. I miss this blanket even as I’m still working on it. It has been such a balm to have something with a beginning, middle, and end to work on.
The end is near!
The edging I’m using here is the venerable attached i-cord.
If you want to get really jacked up about attached i-cord, Kay’s post from 2016 will leave you with an overwhelming desire to edge something now.
Tip No. 1: Use a table. A blanket is a large piece of knitting. Putting it on a table takes a load off. It’s easier to access the edge of the blanket, easier to work the edging, and prevents the weight of the blanket from dragging down your edging as you work. And it’s a huge help when finishing a blanket in June. Obviously.
Tip No. 2: Fire up an incredible thing to listen to. Not to watch, but to listen to. I finished listening to the audiobook of The Bluest Eye, the harrowing first novel by Toni Morrison. Working on this blanket with Toni Morrison sitting across the table from me is an experience I will never forget.
Tip No. 3: Aim. Before you start cranking attached i-cord, study the blanket edge you’re going to be working with. Figure out where you want the needle to go. Between the garter ridges? Inside the first leg of stockinette? Whatever you decide, be sure to do the same thing every stitch, because variations will be visible once you’ve finished your i-cord edging.
Tip No. 4: Don’t be in a rush. Eighteen feet of i-cord may seem like a lot, but once you get your groove on, it clicks by. Especially if you’re listening to something amazing.
Tip No. 5: Consider changing colors. This blanket has a lot of high contrast, so I changed colors at certain points.
There’s no law against changing colors all day long, when it comes to attached i-cord. It’s a design choice.
Here’s where my blanket stands. You can see at the top right a stretch of black. I thought that was going to be so great. But it’s not!
I’m going to replace it with cream, at which point I’ll have one final task:
Tip No. 6: Hide your ends in the i-cord. This is one of my favorite tricks. All the ends that land at the edge of the blanket are going to be threaded with a tapestry needle inside the tube of i-cord along the edge. No weaving!
Will be cranking the AC any day now so I can pretend it’s February when a person needs a woolly, sheepy blanket.
PS Here are my earlier posts about this Picket Fence Afghan: