A Cardigan for Arwen KAL

The Knit-Along for A Cardigan for Arwen by Kate Gilbert from Interweave Knits, Winter 2006. Come join the Fellowship!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

So close

I'm near the finish line and I'm wondering if anyone has any resources or tips on sewing the hem on the bottom of Arwen. I've sewed down picot edges before but I've never been overly happy with the results.



At 2/14/2007 7:23 AM, Blogger Swatchy said...

The first thing about a hem is that you need to use a needle 2 or more sizes smaller or use about 10% fewer stitches than the body. It needs to be a bit smaller or your sweater will be floppy at the bottom edge.

When I did my seams, I started at the turning purl stitch, and seamed the side. Then I hemmed the three sections so that they fit in between the seams. Thus, no extra bulk of two seams sitting one on top of the other.

I posted a picture, but I'm not sure it effectively shows what you need to see.

Hope this helps.

At 2/14/2007 9:42 AM, Anonymous rfg said...

It sounds like you may be past the point of knitting the turning hem itself, so here's my two cents on hemming up the bottom:

Count the number of rows before your purl turning row, including your cast on edge. Then count the same number up from your turning row - this is the point at which you need to attach the cast on edge to the inside of the sweater. It's helpful at this point to mark that row - I use a contrasting color of yarn and a tapestry needle to "sew" around your sweater on this row by going through all the purl bumps (or most of them). How you sew it up may be a matter of trial an error - do a few stitches and see what it looks like on the front. Just don't pull too tightly. It will all take a little tinkering. I know this seems labor-intensive but I think it's worth it to get the hem right after all the work on the sweater! Best of luck.


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