I have really been enjoying my Gingerbread House Stocking, and I have found the knitting quick and easy. Beginning with a simple color change, the pattern has been very easy to keep track of. From simple color changes to the easy purled row, I find the stitches seem to be flying off my needles. I was initially bothered by a tiny jog / misalignment where the colors/rows/stitches did not completely line up on my first few color change rows, but once I realized that this part of the stocking will be folded over and on the inside of the cuff, the perfectionist knitter in me was able to let go of the tiny inconsistency and I was excited to move on to the picot edge. This picot edging is one of my favorite techniques to add a simple but very decorative edging.
The technique begins with a knitted row of eyelets.
Once you have finished the eyelet row and knit the required number of rows, the piece is folded at the eyelet row and seamed. The “seaming” is the only tricky part, but it is quickly mastered.
Begin by picking up a stitch in the directed row below. I prefer to pick up the stitch with the tip of my right needle, but you are welcome to use your left needle.
Once I have picked up the stitch with my right needle, I transfer it to my left needle (you can skip this process if you pick up the stitch with your left needle – making the technique a bit smoother). Then knit the picked up stitch together with the next live stitch on your needle.
Continue to pick up a stitch in the indicated row below the live stitch and knit that picked up stitch together with the next live stitch on the needle. Once you have completed several stitches, you will see how the fabric neatly folds along the eyelet edge and naturally creates a darling picot edging.
This row did take me a bit longer to knit, but I love how it looks and I can’t wait to change to brown and begin the gingerbread house portion of the stocking.
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