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woman's cardigan: mary lou holds your hand

Through the mitered band variation, that is. Says Mary Lou:

I love to knit things with hems and mitered band facings—hats, mittens, or sweaters—like the Pediboo version of the woman’s cardigan. 

The photo above (not Gale Zucker quality, of course) shows the foldover stockinette hem and front bands.

For the hem

You begin the fronts or back with the inside of the hem like this.

With the smaller needles and contrast color, work in stockinette for 9 rows. The next wrong-side row is knit, making a purl ridge on the public (knit side) of the sweater. Change to the larger needles and main color, and continue in stockinette stitch. The hem takes advantage of the strong desire of stockinette to curl—in this case on the purl ridge. It will fold itself into place quite nicely.

At this point, you join the hem to the main part of the sweater. Using the smaller needle, pick up each stitch from the cast-on edge. Knit each stitch of the main color with the corresponding stitch of the cast-on. Continue on with the rest of the sweater.

One variation for knitted hems is to knit the inside portion of the hem with a thinner yarn than the main yarn to reduce the bulk of the hem and help it to lie flat. I have used Koigu or Claudia for hat hems, and Shetland for front bands of a Kuryeon cardigan. For this sweater, I used a different color of the same yarn as the body, but on a smaller needle, so the tighter gauge mimics a finer yarn and makes a slightly smaller hem.

For the facing

The front and neck facing is worked in reverse. Using the larger needles and the main color, you pick up stitches along the fronts and the neckline, placing markers for the mitered corners. After working the front band as described in the pattern for 8 rows total. Change to the contrast color and knit one row. Then, knit the next wrong-side row, forming the purl ridge on the right side. Change to the smaller needles and follow the mitered band directions in the pattern. Bind off loosely. I like to use the knit 2 together through the back loops bind off, but knitter’s choice. Some knitters like to sew down loose stitches, rather than bound-off stitches. That never ends well for me, but if it works for you, go for it.

Since the contrast facing on the Pediboo version of the woman’s cardigan will be visible, you want to sew the facing down nicely. If you sew it down where the stitches were picked up for the front bands, the seam isn’t obvious at all on the outside.

Have fun.


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Amazing!!! very informative and help full thanks for sharing..

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