Two-Coloured Hems

If you’re knitting a plain jumper and want to add a little bit of colour to it somewhere, why not knit a two-coloured hem instead of a normal rib or mock hem?

I had a go at some hems today.

The first one was done using punchcard no.2 from the basic Silver Reed/Knitmaster set, using a 4ply(UK) yarn.
Insert the punchcard and lock on row 1.
Cast on with waste yarn and knit a few rows at  main tension (in this case T6), then knit a row using ravel cord.
Knit a row with the main yarn at  main tension minus 2 (in this caseT4).
Put the contrast yarn into feeder two, set the carriage for fair isle and push the side levers back to the triangle symbol.
Don’t release the punchcard, leave it locked.
Knit 4 rows at main tension minus 2, 1 row at main tension plus 1,  then a further 5 rows at main tension minus 1.

This is how it should look:

Hem On Machine

Next you need to hang the first row after the ravel cord onto the needles in order to make the hem.
Then carefully pull out the ravel cord and the waste yarn should fall away.
Continue to knit with the main yarn at main tension.

This is how it looks when it’s finished:

Sample Hem 1

You can make it deeper but it might make it a bit bulky.
When I first tried it, I started the fair isle on the first row after the ravel cord but found that when I came to re-hang that row to make the hem I couldn’t find the right stitches to hang. I found it much easier to knit one plain row before the fair isle.

For the second one I used punchcard no.1.
Insert card and lock on row 1.
Knit a few rows with waste yarn at main tension then 1 row with ravel cord.
Knit 1 row with main yarn at main tension minus 2.
Put contrast yarn in feeder two, set carriage for fair isle and put the side levers back.
Knit 9 rows at main tension minus 2.
Knit 1 row at main tension plus 1.
Knit 10 rows at main tension minus 1.
Make the hem as before then continue knitting with the main yarn at the main tension.

This is how it should look:

Sample Hem 2

For the third one I used punchcard no.16.
Cast on with waste yarn and knit a few rows at main tension and 1 row with ravel cord.
Knit 25 rows at main tension minus 2.
Knit 1 row at main tension plus 1.
Put contrast yarn in feeder two and set carriage for fair isle with side levers back.
Knit 25 rows at main tension minus 1.
Make the hem, remove ravel cord and carry on knitting with main yarn at main tension.

Here’s the finished hem:

Sample Hem 3

One thing I discovered today is that the set of punchcards that came with the Silver Reed are not quite the same as the set I already had for the Knitmaster 321, nine of them are different. So depending on which set you have, your no.16 might not be the same as the one I used.

I think these two-coloured hems are just enough to make plain jumper look a little different but without too much work.

Talk to you later,

Susan.

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8 Responses to Two-Coloured Hems

  1. ella says:

    I like your idea. The third sample looks great.
    Have a nice weekend!
    ella

  2. Thanks Susan!

    The stripe color band looks good. I’ll try this on my Singer 150.

  3. johanna says:

    I wil try it, very nice.

  4. Maureen says:

    That’s a really neat idea. Thanks for posting.

  5. susyranner says:

    Thanks, everyone.

  6. Alex says:

    Ahhh never thought of that Susan, I must have a go at that

  7. Thank you for your technical post. Very helpful. Read and watch all carefully.

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