Friday, March 24, 2006

Knitted In Hems

Has anyone knitted down the hem on the front of the jacket, on the curved edge? I'm getting close to the hem rows now and I noticed that the stitch numbers increase up to the turning row, then decrease again, so in theory, you should be able to lay the hem down flat and knit it down. If anyone has acheived it, can you let me know how it went?


At 7:36 AM, Blogger Karen said...

I've been knitting in the flat hems, but I'm afraid to try it on the curved ones. I think I'm going to stitch those by hand.

At 9:39 AM, Blogger Sherry W said...

I know Wendy did it, it looked great.

At 10:25 AM, Blogger hootsister said...

I am hemming the right side curved now. I am sitching it by hand (after binding off), I can't seem to make it as crisp looking as the straight edges.
I would love any advice.

At 2:28 PM, Blogger Wendy said...

Ok, the size of my hem is messed up (it's about half the length it should be), but I did manage to knit it, rather than that dreaded old sewing thang.

What I did was I ran a lifeline through the turning row. Then, I ran my needle under on the purl side, picking up where my lifeline was. I don't remember exactly what the math was, but I picked up the same number of stitches from the turn row as the last row (the final number of stitches that you're left with when you're done decreasing). Then, I did what resembles a three needle bind off - I knit the live stitches on the end of the hem to the stitches I picked up.

Another suggestion I got at my LYS was to increase into every stitch on the turn row, and put the extra stitches on a holder, to save yourself from having to actual pick up. I didn't do that because a. my needle wasn't long enough, and b. I couldn't figure out the math to know how many stitches I needed to increase into to get the same number as the last row. However, I'm about to do the hem on the top of the back, and I may try to do it this way since there are significantly less stitches to play with.

Good luck, hope that made sense!



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