Hems and Facings (3 hours) (advanced beginner)

Class Description

Tired of making the same old ribbed or garter-stitch borders over and over again? It’s like watching a boring rerun for the umpteenth time! Try a hem, a front band with a facing, or a folded-over neckband instead! Work them as you go or add them at the end. Find out what happens behind the scenes, on the underside of the hem or band: how to reduce bulk, different options at the fold, and how to secure on the wrong side. For an added bonus, we’ll get fancy with double buttonholes and mitered corners. Let’s face it—it’s time for a new double(d) feature!

Techniques to be covered

  • 3-needle join
  • Grafted join
  • Whipstitch join
  • Mitered corners
  • Horizontal turning ridges (stockinette, purl ridge, picot)
  • Vertical turning ridges (garter stitch, slipped stitch)
  • Picking up in back of a cast-on row
  • Provisional cast-on
  • Doubled buttonholes
  • Reducing bulk (smaller needle, fewer stitches, finer yarn)

Supplies needed

  • 50 gms smooth, light colored, worsted weight yarn (MC)
  • 25 gms smooth, contrasting colored, worsted weight yarn
  • 25 gms smooth, contrasting colored, dk or sport weight yarn
  • US 7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed needles, approximately 7″ in length
  • F (3.75 mm) or G (4 mm) crochet hook
  • Stitch markers
  • Safety pins
  • Blunt darning needle
  • Scissors

Homework

Swatch #1: With MC, cast on 20 stitches. Work 5 rows stockinette stitch, ending after a RS row. Next row (WS): Knit. Continuing with a RS (knit) row, work 30 more rows stockinette stitch, ending after a WS row. Next row (RS): K2tog, *yo, k2tog; repeat from * to end. Continuing with a WS (purl) row, work 5 rows stockinette stitch. Do not bind off. Place stitches on hold. Cut yarn, leaving a 2 yard tail.

Swatch #2: With MC, cast on 20 stitches. Work 12 rows stockinette stitch, ending after a WS row. Do not bind off. Place stitches on hold. Cut yarn, leaving a 2 yard tail.

Swatch #3: With dk or sport weight yarn, cast on 20 stitches. Work 6 rows stockinette stitch, ending after a WS row. Do not bind off. Place stitches on hold. Cut yarn, leaving an 8″ tail.