How does one add lacy ruffles to a sleeve? That was the question I’ve been trying to answer this week. And, having reached the end of one sleeve on the shrug I’m working on, it became very pressing to find a solution!
I’ve stumbled across a technique on miriamfelton.com that adds a lace edging to live stitches at a 90 degree angle. It looks beautiful! And there’s a collection of lace edging patterns for free found here. After studying the tutorial and picking a lace edging, I knitted up a couple of samples and was ready to give this a go on my live sleeve stitches.
Why I couldn’t quite get the hang of it, I don’t know. But knitting back and forth at a right angle into the needle in the sleeve was so irritating! And slow! And awkward!
At the peak of my frustration, I remembered a small book of crocheted edgings that I have in my knitting library. I’m not a crocheter (yet) and it required a bit of googling to figure out what a SC and DC even were. But, I did figure it out and the crocheted edging was actually fun to produce! And, the future recipient of this garment approved of my choice.
There’s 6 days left until this shrug is need for Halloween night. I’m currently crocheting the border around the neck/back opening and have 1/2 a sleeve to finish. I think it will get done in time! 🙂