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Straight edge alongside solid area

Straight edge alongside solid area

Usually the straight edge of lace is open, next to a ground or net. This is quite weak, which is why footsides frequently require passives to strengthen them. However, if there is a solid area next to the edge, then this is quite strong, and you can just run the solid area right up to the edge without any other working. This was done with the cloth stitch sample (because beginners hadn't learned about footsides yet!)

Straight edge alongside solid area

However, there is no reason why this edge shouldn't be used for any pattern with solid areas next to the edge. See pattern 395.

Like all vertical edges on solid areas, you need twice as many pin holes as the grid provides.

Straight edge alongside solid area

If you have a triangle next to the edge, then it is worked exactly like a fan headside. Another way of looking at it is that a fan is a stretched out triangle!