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Dec 15, 2005
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Decorative Hems or Edges

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These Following Hems are good for an edge you don't want a ribbed edge on. Suitable for any guage machine.

These examples are knitted with Trenzado..using a garment Tension of T 9

#1 A Picot Edge without Transferring a stitch.
Method:

1. To Cast on, bring number of Stitches required into work, and then push EON back out of work and cast on over these stitches. Using a Tension 1 full number less than garment Tension, Knit 10 rows over these needles.

2. Bring the needles in Non-working position back into work, and knit 14 rows over all these stitches.

3. Hang the hem by hanging the cast-on stitches on the original cast-on needles. Pull needles all the way out for ease of knitting

4. T9 (garment tension). Knit across and continue the garment.

NOTE: The underside of the hem has less rows than the top side of the hem...Depending on the yarn, you will need 3-6 rows less , and experimenting first before beginning the garment is a very good idea.


#2. This is also a picot-type edge but needles are placed in Hold.

Method:

1. Cast on as usual over desired number of needles.
2. Tension...One full number less than garment tension. Knit14 rows
3. Now, place every 4th needle into Holding position. Place Carriage in Hold.
4. Knit 6 rows (you might only want to knit 4 rows if your yarn is fairly heavy...watch the stitches and macke sure you have adequate weighting)
5. Now bring all needles into Hold position (for ease of knitting and to make sure you don't drop any of the stitches). Take Carriage off Hold. Knit 14 rows.
6. Hang the caston stitches back on the same needles.
7. Garment Tension (One full tension more than what you have been knitting at). Knit across all the stitches and continue your garment.

VARIATION: Use a contrasting color for the 2 rows prior to the holding potion rows and the 2 rows after the holding position. Try any other color variations or????

#3. This is a Stockinette Hem with rows of tighter knitting...good instead of a ribbed edge, espescially if your yarn will not hold its shape well with ribbing (cotton???)

Method:

(There is a bad mistake in the example shown, I tried to knit the tight rows too tightly, and some the the stitches did not knit off properly, and you can see it in the example...I left it there for you to see what the mistake will look like if you leave it there,g>)
1. Cast on over desired number of needles as desired.
Knit 4 Rows T8 (One full tension number lower than garment tension)
Knit 2 Rows T3(as tight as you can knit without problems)
Knit 4 Rows T8
Knit 2 Rows T3
Knit 4 Rows T8
Knit 2 Rows T3
Knit 10 Rows T8
Knit 2 Rows T3
Knit 4 Rows T8
Knit 2 Rows T3
Knit 4 Rows T8
Knit 2 Rows T3
Knit 4 Rows T8

2. Hang the cast on edge back on the needles, pull all needles out to hold for ease of knitting.
T 9 (garment Tension) Knit 1 row and then contniue knitting garment



NOTE: THIS IS A SUGGESTION I DID NOT FOLLOW, AND I SHOULD HAVE!!!!....Knit the row that joins the hem after you have hung the cast on stitches one full tension larger than the garment tension. Then you hem should be more INVISIBLE!!!!