oh man! how did this happen? I’ve been power knitting, I’ll admit – when I get excited about a project, it’s hard to slow down - I can’t wait to see the final thing! Two sleeves, one back and two fronts knit – did I forget to mention this was random, nothing matching? Pinned them together, tried on and was happy with the result.
pins out and began the seaming. I always seam the bands/hems by hand and then
hang the long seams on the machine or the linker. Did that for the sleeves,
excellent result. Did the right front to the back. Good to go and then brought
the left front hem to the back, butting them together and OMG! The front hem is
slightly narrower than the back! I must have fudged the row counter – for this
double bed hem, after knitting the waste yarn and circular ravel cord, I place
the carriages at the left and knit the first row of main yarn, zigzag from left
to right. Then, set to circular, and turn the row counter to 000…whatever, the
front hem is only 18 rows as opposed to the other 20 rows! Arr-g-g-h! Two
options come to mind…re-knit the entire right front? Go for the save by
re-making the hem and grafting it onto the bottom first row of stockinette?
There is really no contest here, I have to go with the graft.
first step is to remake the hem correctly and transfer it up to the main bed.
Knit one row in red to close the hem as usual and then remove it on waste yarn.
Next, get the hem off the front – I am going to pull the last red row thread
that joined the hem, leaving the loops of the first row of charcoal. Carefully
rehang those charcoal loops on the machine on the same number of needles as hem
was. Carefully unknit that row, from the side with the tail of yarn – it takes
a bit of picking and undoing but it can be done. The yarn of that row is what
I’m going to use to graft the two sets of stitches back together and the row of
grafting replaces or duplicates the first row so you won’t be able to tell
there ever was a problem. Knit this piece off on waste yarn, make sure you have
a good inch on each piece. Now, sit somewhere comfy with good light and from
the purl side, perform the graft.
totally impressed with this yarn – it knits beautifully with a minimum of
weights and no knots!!