So, the renovated Bliss sweater is now finished, with longer sleeves:
Luckily, my washing machine behaved itself this time, and after a run through the wool cycle, the new yarn bloomed and the join is no longer visible. So, I’m nice and warm, which is just as well, because this happened:
The Charmed Sweater is ticking along nicely; I think I’ve finished the body (I need to get him to try it on to make sure) so I’m planning on starting the sleeves tomorrow.
For those asking for more information on the hem, I couldn’t find a YouTube video but I’ll try and remember to take a picture as I hem the cuffs to help explain more clearly. In the meantime, there’s a helpful photo and notes from puddaholic on Ravelry and Brooklyn Tweed has some notes too, but here’s what I did in more detail:
- Using DK yarn cast on 100% of the body stitches with a 5mm needle, using a knitted cast on (so you end up with a flat edge from which you can easily pick up the bottom loop).
- Change to a 4mm needle, join the round and knit every round for 2″.
- Change to a 5mm needle and to the main, aran/worsted yarn, and knit one round.
- Purl one round (to create a turning row).
- Knit every round until, when you fold the knitting along the purl row, the two halves are of equal length (i.e. another 2″ although you’ll probably need a row or two extra to make sure the inner side is taut and the hem lies nice and flat).
- On the next round, fold the hem along the purl row, pick up the first stitch/loop of the cast on edge with your left needle, and knit it together with the first stitch of the current round. If this sounds complicated, it really isn’t and will make more sense when you get to this point and have the knitting in front of you. I even turn the whole thing round sometimes and pick up the stitch with the wrong side facing and then turn it back to the right side to knit the two together. In my case, my hem was in two different colours, which makes it much simpler to see where you are.
- Repeat all the way around, knitting each stitch together with its twin on the cast on edge and voila! A seamed hem.