Adding a border without a repeat – Stitchmastery weekly tip


In this video we’re going to take a look
at adding borders to your stitches in Stitchmastery – so lines around stitches
without any repeated stitches being involved. There are a few different
reasons that you might want to use this – a couple of examples: you may wish to add
a line to show where markers should be placed, or indeed if you’re creating a
pattern with an afterthought heel or thumb, you might wish to have a border
around the stitches that will be knitted twice if you’re going to be instructing
knitters to use scrap yarn for the stitches that will then be removed to
create the afterthought thumb or heel. So let’s take a look with an
example like that. I’m going to use the Marquee Select Tool and select a number
of stitches – note, I’m making sure that my border from the marquee select tool – ie the
outline of the tool – is going all the way around the stitches so we’re not having
these outlines *within* any of the stitches – you need to make sure it’s
completely outwith the boundary of those stitches to ensure they’re
selected. So I’ve clicked and dragged and I’m holding my mouse button down and I’ll now release the mouse button and the stitches that were within the boundary
are now grey which means they’re selected. In the main menu we’ll come
to Border and “place border on selected stitches”. Now instantly we’ve got a menu
with quite a few different options – our border can be on all sides or just top,
bottom, left or right which are denoted by north, south, west and east. Or you can
have the top and bottom, or left and right. But let’s start with all sides and you’ll see that our default border is added which is a red border and we’ve got
“border default name” in the key. First of all, you may decide that actually you’ve
missed a stitch and you wish to have it slightly bigger. So looking at the border
menu now, because we have a border in the chart, we have the option to add the
existing border on selected stitches so I’m going to click off – choose
an extra stitch – come back to Border, add existing border on selected stitches and this
is the border default name. And you’ll see that extends my selection. If we want to
change the appearance of the border you need to select the border in the key and
then come back to the border menu and we [now] only have the Edit border properties
selection available. Open that and here we can change the name – so let’s call
this afterthought thumb. And you can change the position so you could have
north and east or whatever suits. You can change the colours – let’s choose purple. There are
a few different line styles that we can use so for this video I’m going to use dash
dot. You can change the width of the border ie how thick that border line is
so let’s increase that slightly. And finally move border inwards – this gives
you the option to have your lines coming slightly into the stitch so that they’re
not directly over the grid lines and in a moment we’ll see why that’s a useful
thing. So … just slightly and hit okay. And as you can see – in fact we’ll just
come to fit to width so that we’re slightly closer in – as you can see, our
border lines are mostly over the grid lines exactly but on the south side
we’re slightly above the line and I mentioned that I would explain why that
is useful. If you have a scenario where you have two sets of stitches side by
side that are in different borders, you’re going to come into some problems
if your border lines are all set to the default 1, because they will overlap. So
if I quickly put these other stitches in the row above into a border to south side
only – so my new border is with the red right
along the grid line and that means we can’t see the top of the afterthought
thumb border. So what we can do is select the afterthought thumb border and on the
north side we want to bring that inwards just a little bit… so that might even be
enough to make it more visible, but we can also change the red border and move
it in a little on the south side and that means that the two lines will sit
side-by-side rather than directly overlapping. But we don’t actually need
this border so I’m just going to delete that from my chart. Now, it may be that
you’re happy having your border lines slightly into the stitch, but you don’t
like the appearance in your key and there’s a nifty way to get around that.
So we’re going to create a new border very similar – select a different stitch
altogether, place border on all sides I’m going to edit
that border to very similar but without the inwards – so leaving it as 1 so that
it’s in line with the gridlines. [Incidentally you can come upwards and
that brings it beyond the stitch, but we don’t need to do that, we want this to be
on 1 exactly.] So this is exactly how we want this border to appear. So let’s
change this one to afterthought thumb. Let’s select the one where the symbol is
not what we want – hide that from the selection, so Edit and
Hide Selection and then we can simply take the border off of this stitch [by selecting it and going to Border and choosing “remove border from stitches”]. We still have the listing in the key but
it is a bit neater.

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