hemlines part two: making a mock picot edge

On Saturday, I posted about making a basic knit hem. Today, we’ll be doing a variation on the basic hem, adding a mock picot edging, like the one used in my Samantha sweater pattern. This variation gives a different and slightly delicate looking edge. If you’ve already read the basic hem tutorial, you’ll notice that many of the steps are exactly the same. For starters, the materials you’ll need are the same as for the basic hem, namely:

-scrap yarn, in a color that contrasts well from your main yarn
-yarn you actually intend to knit with
-needles in the size you are using to get gauge
-needles one or two sizes smaller than those you are using to get gauge

As with the basic hem, cast on with scrap yarn using your smaller needles, then use the main yarn to work in stockinette (still using the smaller needles). There is one key change from the knit hem though: if you will be knitting your piece flat, you’ll need to start with a WS (purl) row and then knit an odd number of rows to reach your desired hem depth, ending with a purl row. If you are knitting in the round (or if you will be knitting in the round by the time your hem needs to be knit in, you can start with either a WS or a RS row.

Here, I’ve worked five rows of stockinette:

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After knitting your last WS row, switch to the larger needles and work one RS row as follows: k1, *yo, k2tog, repeat from * until there are 1 or 0 stitches left on the needles (the exact number left will depend on whether you are working over an odd or even number of stitches):

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At the end of this row, your stitch count should not have changed.

Now, work the same number of stockinette rows as you did before the row of yarn overs. In this case, five:

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Now it’s time to knit in the hem. If you look at the wrong side of your knitting, you’ll notice that there is a row of bumps at the bottom where you switched from the scrap yarn to the main yarn:

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These bumps are the stitches you’ll be picking up.

You should about to knit a RS row. With the RS facing you, use the left needle to pick up the first bump from the cast-on edge. This action should result in the hem beginning to fold so that the WS of the knitting faces in on itself, while the RS faces out on both the front and the back of the knitting:

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(yes, this photo is recycled from the basic hem tutorial–the main thing to be paying attention to is that the knitting is starting to fold and that a stitch has been picked up)

Knit the picked up stitch together with the first live stitch on the left needle. Pick up the next stitch from the cast-on edge and knit it together with the next live stitch. Repeat to the end of the piece so that you have picked up all cast on stitches and knit each one together with one live stitch. The back of your piece should now look like this:

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Unravel your scrap yarn and continue knitting. After a few rows, you’ll notice the back of your knitting looking like so:

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While on the front you have a pretty little picot edging your work:

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