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Tutorial: The knit-in hem's identical twin

July 8th, 2008

I finished Erik’s neck warmer thingie the other night, and I want to show you how I made the top hem (the cast-off edge) look identical to the bottom hem (the knit-in one). There are plenty of tutorials on the web for the knit-in hem, so I won’t go into it here, but I haven’t seen the identical sewn-up version anywhere, so here you go. As always, you can click the photo to see it larger.

Knit-in hem, front

Here is the knit in hem, as viewed from the front.

Knit-in hem, back

Here is the knit in hem, as viewed from the back.

Now to set up for the sewn-in version, knit your garment to the desired length, knit your turning row to match your knit-in hem (if you have one), and knit your hem to the desired length LESS ONE ROW. You will be sewing your final knit row. Finally, cut your yarn with a very generous tail–at least long enough to go around your work four times. Better to be safe, than too short. Thread your tail onto a blunt needle, and proceed as follows:

Sew-in hem, 1

Step One: Pass needle through first stitch as if to knit. Take the stitch off the knitting needle, and pull yarn all the way through.

Sew-in hem, 2

Next, fold up hem and stitch up through back of matching stitch.

Sew-in hem, 3

Third, stitch down through adjacent stitch to the left, and purlwise back through first knit stitch that you removed from the knitting needle. Pull yarn all the way through, and repeat from first step, moving one stitch to the left.

Sewn-in hem, front


Sewn-in hem, back

It looks identical, because structurally it IS identical. Yay for twins!

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  1. Mary
    July 11th, 2008 at 20:00 | #1

    Hi Annie–I just stumbled onto your blog today and spent a couple hours reading older posts. You do amazing work! I especially enjoyed your posts about mending. I have a question for you–can you tell me where you got your adjustable metal sock blockers? Thanks! :) Mary

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