How to Handknit RickRack
Handknit Rickrack
Done as an edging or trim on tiny needles, or on giant needles for a scarf {check out Alexandra Sarkozy's mohair version}, this simple but fun-to-knit original pattern is a handknit version of an old favorite. The ratio of decreasing is reduced to only 1 stitch per row rather than two to elongate the edges for a nicely proportioned rickrack.

UTENSILS:
  • I used two size #3 US Double Pointed needles. DP's are important, as you'll see. {two circulars will also work}.

THE YARN:
  • This yarn is Schachenmayr Nomotta "Catania Color", 100% cotton. Obviously, you can use any yarn and it's corresponding needles.

OPERATIONS USED:
  • YO = Yarn over: Not hard to do at the beginning of the row, just not usual. Keep a taut tension.
  • SL1, K2tog, PSSO: Slip one stitch, knit the next two stitches together, pass the slipped stitch over the resulting made stitch. 3 stitches reduced to one.

GAUGE:
  • Doesn't matter! What a relief, huh?

THE PATTERN:
  • Cast on 19 stitches.

  • --sequence begins...

  • *Knit one row.

  • *YO, K8, SL1, K2tog, PSSO, K to end of row.

  • *YO, K8, SL1, K2tog, PSSO, K to end of row.

  • *YO, K7, SL1, K2tog, PSSO, K to end of row.

  • *YO, K7, SL1, K2tog, PSSO, K to end of row.

  • *YO, K6, SL1, K2tog, PSSO, K to end of row.

  • *YO, K6, SL1, K2tog, PSSO, K to end of row.......

  • Continue in this way until you have one stitch left on the needle. Pick up 9 loops made by the yarnovers at the beginnings of the rows Start at the end of the needle where the working yarn IS NOT. Cast on 9 more stitches at the end where the working yarn IS {19 stitches on needle}.

  • Begin the sequence again.
  • Repeat as necessary.

  • Bind off the last stitch when you've knit enough..

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