Machine Knitted Decorative No-Roll Edge by Diana Sullivan


This is Diana Sullivan in Austin, Texas, and today I’m doing a little different no-roll edge. Now, it’s natural for knitting to roll up. This unblocked piece of knitting rolls toward the knitted side, and it stays rolled, and it also rolls top and bottom. Here’s another unblocked piece of knitting with the edging that I’m about to show you, and what you’ll see is that it rolls top and bottom, but the sides are nice and flat. This is a diagonal trim that you can put on at the same time that you’re knitting. It’s great on an afghan panel. This one is a three-stitch version, and this one over here is a two-stitch version. I cast on and I knitted two rows, and we’ll do the three-stitch edge. If I did the two-stitch edge, I would just use this tool instead. So I’ve got a triple transfer tool here, and I’m going to take the second, third, and fourth stitches from the end and move them over by one. That way there are two stitches on the end needle, and then one and one, and they’re all going at a slant. Then I will also fill in the hole by picking up the heel of this stitch and just moving it in. And knit two rows. And I’m going to do the same thing. Move the second, third, and fourth stitches over to the first, second, and third needles, and then pick up the heel of the next stitch over — it’s the fifth needle — and put it on the fourth needle so there’s no hole. Knit two rows. Now I think this one is quite elegant, but it’s nice and plain in terms of not adding any holes or deep texture. Because I’m doing this on one end of this knitting and not on both ends, I’m going to have one side of my sample that rolls and one side side that’s flat. Sometimes people get the idea that you can block the roll out of the knitting and get nice flat edges that way, but generally speaking, unless you absolutely melt the yarn in the blocking process, after a little laundering and a little wear, the yarn’s going to go back to the way it was, so then your roll will be back. Blocking is not at all a permanent solution to the problem. What you need is one of the many different methods that changes the shape of the stitches so that they will lie flat naturally without a lot of blocking. And there we have it. Now, I’m going to bind off and take it off and show you how that looks. Here’s the finished sample it. It wants to roll this way. It also wants to roll this way. But this end, where I did the little diagonal edging, is smooth and flat. Now let’s get in close so you can really see that edging. See the nice diagonal design that the stitches form because I have done this edging?

36 comments

This would be great to make a gauge swatch. You are exceptional. Wish you didn't live on the other side of the continent. Thanks for sharing and caring. Hugs xxx

Thanks.  I'm getting ready to start several throws, and this edge will work wonderfully, I think.  Love your videos!

Thank you again….I have learned so much from you….I show my husband what I have learned and I say to him Diana Sullivan of Austin, Texas taught me….hahaha 

I'm a new knitter.  Could you do this same technique along the top and bottom later? CO 5 sts, hang one st from the CO (or bound off) edge and knit-as-you-go?  I haven't tried it yet.  Maybe you can see problems that I'm not yet experienced enough to anticipate.  Thank you for your patient explanations!!

Although this technique made a lovely border, I was thoroughly disappointed. The knitted piece curled as much as if I had done nothing. Back to the drawing board!!! I do appreciate your many videos, however.

Yesterday I completed a hoodie for my daughter. It has a trapezium-shaped pocket on the front. All the hems are folded, so I didn't want to line the pocket with ribbing. Therfore I combined your no-roll edge (carriage going left) with fullfashion decreases (carriage going right) and it worked out wonderfully! Thank you for your terific video's!

Diana, are there some yarns this works better with? I did it with a fingering weight yarn on an LK140 and it did not stop the roll. It flipped under and then the piece rolled up from there.

Hi Diana,

This looks so easy to do. I will be using this for a baby blanket. Is thee any way to use this on both up and down. Instead of just left and right.

Hola buena tarde le doy las gracias por compartir sus vídeos he aprendido mucho un abrazo desde Teziutlan Puebla Mexico

this is really great, can this be done at the side of ribbing to create a button band from the beginning of the rib.

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