Alternative to ordinary ribbing

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Underhillomi wrote
on Mar 9, 2013 11:04 AM

What do you suggest as an alternative to ribbing at the bottom of a sweater? I know that I can just knit a couple of inches and then purl a row and use that as a hem, but it often gets very bulky when sewn in place. I'm making a cotton sweater with a lacy upper bodice and would prefer not to have a ribbed hem. Any suggestions? Thanks. Underhillomi

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Ellisen wrote
on Mar 9, 2013 11:49 AM

There is a lot of information "out there" about edgings - several books, online, or try stitch dictionaries. I'm just finishing a cotton knit tunic and will be using a different bind off - perhaps a picot edge. Or try knitting an inch or two of your lace pattern at the hem. It would lay flat and coordinate with your bodice. There are books on different cast ons and bind offs. These suggestions are for flat hems, not turned up and sewn. Those seem too bulky for lace knits. Good luck, happy knitting!

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on Mar 21, 2013 6:03 AM

Hi Underhillomi,

Here are some stitch libraries which may provide you with ideas:

I hope that this helps and that your garment turns out perfectly.

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