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  • Absolutely fantastic! I used applied i-cord on a bag that was felted but I love being able to see it like this. It’s a perfect finish! Congrats!

  • Wow.. that is a commitment to a blanket, though it looks amazing. It has to be my favorite of the 3 you’ve shown, since it looks so professional. Thanks for the tutorial. Next time I make a blanket I’ll have to check it out.

  • Kay – no comments yet? Just love the intersection of quilting and knitting in your projects. Such beautiful inspiration! I also love that I am not the only person knitting at the beach, although I have been known to do so using mohair… Can’t wait to see you on 15th in Southampton!

  • Wow.. that is a commitment to a blanket, though it looks amazing. It has to be my favorite of the 3 you’ve shown, since it looks so professional. Thanks for the tutorial. Next time I make a blanket I’ll have to check it out.

  • I like the edging very much. It fits with that particular blanket rather well. As for worrying too much about the border of the blankets you have worked so hard to knit, how can that be possible? A sloppy edge or no edge makes for an unfinished looking final project. Just as no one cast on is right for every project, not all blankets are properly set off by the same finishing technique.
    I know I am about to reclaim our bath mat to add a finishing frame to it, just because I don’t like the way it looks, and it is the bath mat in the bathroom behind the washer and dryer.

  • Gosh your timing’s good. I’ve just recommended your mattress stitch tutorial to someone – not for the first time – and up pops an edging tutorial.

  • The Jamaica looks great as an edging. What did you use for the rest of the blankie, is it our old friend Cotton Classic??

  • It looks great. Is there anything i-cord can’t do?

  • Wow – Buncha Squares looks fantastic! I’ve never knit a whole blanket, and have the utmost admiration for people who have knit whole blankets. Several whole blankets. πŸ™‚
    I also really, really love the picture of Frasier and Niles.

  • KAY
    Please send the RAIN that you are having. Nashvegas needs rain desperately as it is 101 on my patio!!

  • The blanket is beautiful. Thank you so much for the walk-through on the i-cord edging. Your timing is amazing; I was just about to look up this technique to finish off the side of a scarf. It might be too bulky, but I want to give it a try. Thanks again!

  • A book in itself, your thorough blogtorial (blogtoot?). I know you have an aversion to crochet, but crab stitch is so, so pretty as an edging if you don’t absolutely have to have a smooth edge.

  • I hope hope hope you are bringing that blanket so we can see it next Wed. — If I ask really nicely maybe — Pretty Please πŸ˜€
    I was asked to bring something snack wise – do you think something from Tate’s would be good – But I am the worlds worst baker – I can make one really good coffee cake recipe if it isn’t a million degrees in my kitchen that day.

  • I love this edging, esp when the colors change!! Your blanket looks so beautiful wadded up in the beach tote! We received our “Cool Corder” in the mail today – I see miles of i-cord (the hand cranked kind) in our future. I’m itching for the wire one too!

  • Oh, my, that is a lot of I-cord. Good thing we have stopped calling it idiot cord or, with all that late-night knitting, you might start to resemble that description. (Just kidding, you know, though my knitting does make a fool of me from time to time; it has to happen to others as well, doesn’t it? Please tell me it does.)
    The blanket looks great as always; your borders need no fences.

  • your Serious Commitment to blankets is inspiring, Kay. i’m barreling through square 3 of 4 of my own gee’s-bend-inspired blanket, and the finishing will take just as long as knitting the body!

  • The blanket is Lovely and Amazing! Please please please tell me how you watch EastEnders! I went through some pretty serious withdrawal when BBC America stopped showing it and would give many things to be able to watch again!

  • Bewitching and beguiling, that’s what your Buncha Squares with Bias Knit I-Cord Binding is!
    What with knitting and crocheting and quilting and sewing running through my mind, I wonder: would it be good to attach a fabric bias binding to a knitted quilt-like blanket? Hmmmm.

  • Absolutely fabulous. Yours looks so good I may just have to give it a whirl with my next blankie…even though the I-cord and me, we are not always the best of friends….

  • There is a quilt exhbit of “Gee Bend” (think I got that right) at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD. Admission is free…thought you might want to know….

  • Thanks for this excellent post! Now I know how I’ll finish the edges of the mitred square baby blankie I’m knitting. I believe I shall try the picture frame border. πŸ˜€

  • We’re expecting grandbaby #2 and I knew as soon as I saw the photos that WBS was the afghan I would make for this hunk of KY love! I’m awaiting the recipe and am debating the border – since I am from a family of Wide Girls, I dont know if I want to tag a baby with the Wide Boy moniker, although that is my favorite border!
    Love the blog, reading a new post makes my day!

  • Kay, your use of color kills me. I love it. You’ve got a great eye for it and I can’t wait to see this finished in the whole.

  • Love your aesthetic. So random yet thoughtful. Love the M-D book and can’t wait for the next one to come out.
    Between Babette’s blanket and all your blankets, I no longer feel at a loss as what to do with all my random yarn.

  • Killer, man. Totally killer. That blanket is killer just, you know, as IS, and then that border. 5-6 hours, eh? Either that thing is tiny, or my next step in blanket greatness will have to be knitting FASTER.
    Also, it is with this post that I realize that it may partly be YOU who is responsible for my newfound and deep interest in all things green. I’m thinking of your actually sewn quilt as well. Green has never been much on my list, but I’m getting a bit mad over green with green and some other greens.

  • Whenever I see your blankets, I suddenly feel a blanket poverty exists in my house. I need more time to knit!

  • I think that I will admire your blankets and your determination to have it justso. I think that I will not attempt to replicate them.
    I do love David Hyde Pierce though. His physical acting is classic and hilarious. Between Niles and Eddie, that show was actually funny.

  • I love this finish. I think I’ll save this for the small garter blanket that should have been for my daughter’s April birthday. When I didn’t finish on time…I quit. Now I feel encouraged to pick it up and finish it for Christmas. I’ll definately give it this edge.

  • Yurmy! I do love me a border tutorial. Clip n save!

  • I too love applied I-cord. Maybe it’s time I knit a blanket so I’d have the opportunity to knit lots and lots of it.

  • it’s just plain marvelous that you and ann have resurfaced since the book deux crazies!

  • Another EastEnders fan – how wonderful! Before I watched that show, I had no idea that English people could be trashy. It’s always “dozy cow” this and “slapper” that. It is basically Springer with accents and it is great to knit to. Zoe, if you are desperate for EastEnders episodes, you can read recaps at:www.bbc.co.uk/eastenders/episodes/

  • Thank you for these instructions! I finished a garter stitch hat in June with an i-cord binding, and it was challenging to find good, well-written instructions. When I post the pattern, I’ll refer people to this site for i-cord help. Thanks again.
    PS: Can’t wait for your Book 2, even if it’s not due until 2008.

  • Beautiful! The blanket is gorgeous. And I love love love knitted on i-cord edging. It is the most beautiful edging, IMO. So simple and yet curvaceous.

  • We’re expecting grandbaby #2 and I knew as soon as I saw the photos that WBS was the afghan I would make for this hunk of KY love! I’m awaiting the recipe and am debating the border – since I am from a family of Wide Girls, I dont know if I want to tag a baby with the Wide Boy moniker, although that is my favorite border!
    Love the blog, reading a new post makes my day!

  • Thank you so much for the i-cord single needle instruction!
    I needed it!

  • I’m doing this now, and it’s great. I think using dpns for the i-cord makes it a little quicker though. Just a heads up!

  • I would love to have the pattern for your beautiful ballband dishcloth. There are so many color combinations that would make this dishcloth alot of fun to make. I don’t think I would ever tire of making it. : ) Coul you please email me the pattern. Thank you for your time.