Borders can make or break a shawl. Sometimes the best border is a border that is at a 90 degree angle to the main shawl. This type of border used to be sewn on, but, most knittes don’t like that option. When worked from the bottom up, the stitches for the main shawl can be picked up from the selvedge of the border.
However, for a top down shawl where starting with a few stitches and working to many applies, a sideways border can be knitted on for a very neat and tidy finish. The bonus is that there is no long bind off.
It’s actually really easy. Simply finish on a WS row, cast on the number of stitches needed for the border, and then knit the last stitch, next to the main shawl, together with one stitch from the main shawl. One stitch from the main body will be worked for every two rows of the border.
This pattern is available at http://www.ravelry.com/designers/margie-mitchell
Yarn from Sky High Fibers, as well as the pattern, are available at http://www.etsy.com/shop/SkyHighFibers