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The edge

Hey, look! It's an actual knitting post!

Thanks to Ann Budd, I've got an alternative to ribbing -- a hemmed edge.

Turning Row (round)

Doesn't it look neat and tidy? You might have noticed I've knit virtually NO garments for myself. Pesky waist ribbing is just one of the reasons. I couldn't bring myself to knit ribbing around my waist (however, if something is ribbed throughout, it's a bit more flattering on me). I've been aware of this nice hemmed edge and even knew how to accomplish it, but it wasn't until Ann's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns that I finally paid attention to the math.

Turning row (round)

And it makes sense -- you just start knitting (in the round, from the bottom) with the number of stitches with which you'd do the body of the sweater. There's absolutely no extra math to figure out which percentage of stitches to set aside for ribbing. (However, if you're knitting for kids, go ahead with the ribbing).

If I'm getting 5 stitches to the inch and my chest measurement is 34, I'll cast on 170, knit a few rounds (5), and purl one round for a turning row. I'll do waist shaping of course, and I still have to figure out my choice of neckline, but how easy is that? And for further edge ideas (and if you prefer to work with actual patterns), check out The Perfect Sweater Pattern. The link to the free pattern (.pdf) is in the blog entry.

Other designers who pay attention to edges are Bonne Marie, Nora, and the Zephyr gals. I like simple, neat, non-fussy tops. Socks and accessories are where I have my (knitting) fun.

And, Lisa, thank you so much for all the research you've been helping me with and for the phone calls and updates. (Y'all, I've rediscovered my love of the phone since my laptop's officially a paperweight now).

Thank you, Debbie for the award. Debbie's sense of humor really shows throughout her posts and conversely, I don't think my own twisted sense of humor comes through on my blog. I love that hers does.

Something huge I learned this past week: Take photos. Tell your story. For about a nine year span, my dad kept scrapbooks. He saved a LOT of stuff, but the scrapbooks have proved to be invaluable now that he has dementia. These aren't necessarily artistically presented, but just plain black scrapbooks with photo corners and his handwriting and artwork (in white pencil) throughout. I know that an entire industry is now built around anything you can put in a scrapbook, but I've learned they don't have to be fussy. They can be simple and prove to be valuable.

Check this out:

Douglas MacArthur 1949
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Take photos. Tell your story. Blog shamelessly.


I love hemmed edges and should use them more often - such a professional look!

I just finished a sweater with the same bottom. The pattern was from 1987. Alas, it's too big...

How fortunate that your father kept such sentimentally valuable scrapbooks. A few years ago, I "borrowed" my grandmother's photos, and she told me to "just hold onto them." I'm so glad I did because when her things were divided up, it became a huge thing about who got what. I already had what was important to me.

I just love the hemmed edge too. The Mirabella cardigan I'm working on has it. She uses a smaller needle size to start out and then a larger one after the purl row--I think this is to help prevent flaring out.

I think it is great that your father kept those scrapbooks and that you got your grandmother's photos. I hope your mom is feeling better.

Love the hemmed edge. It's so clean and tailored looking. I have a couple of sweaters that my mother made for me that have hemmed edges, and I always liked the way the looked.

Another great photo!

I like all your posts, not just the pretty knitting ones :)

Great hemmed edge! That is an excellent option; it will look dressier than ribbing in addition to being more flattering.

Great photo! It must be exciting going through your dad's scrapbooks.

ahhh. love that you have such special keepsakes.
knitting or non knitting posts are always great with me. :)

Much preferable edging than ribbing, and it looks so neat!

Really like that edge! Compliments the stitches. Will have to investigate when I am not trying to wake up, knit night was a bit to much fun and I saw the bottom of a wine bottle after I home.

Love the hemmed edge, I learned about it when doing the 'Pirates' hat and I am smitten with it, yours is so neat and tidy looking!

I've been thinking about this post and your words "blog shamelessly" since you wrote it. Keep it up!

how funny - I JUST learned how to do one of these hems over the weekend. I also read a tip that if you use a provisional cast-on, you can knit the cast on edge of the hem in with the body of the sweater (though I haven't reached that stage yet - I had to learn the provisional cast-on first!). I like the non-fussy edges too.

I am really amazed at the photos you have that your dad captured of MacArthur. I am a WWII buff and find it amazing that you have these images of him in Japan. It is incredible that to me that he was able to capture this moment. I love the way the image shows movement. Breathtaking. . .

Hey! It's been a while since I've been to your actual site (I use Google Reader almost exclusively now) and I just noticed your progress bars. I love that you have photos on yours!

Also, I wanted to let you know, I woke up this morning (before my alarm for once!) and realized this edging would probably look great on a hat!

I agree with you wholeheartedly. I lost my Dad way before his time. I try to remember every little thing that he did, our conversations, his mannerisms, but over time it slips away. I would give any of my worldly possessions for one more conversation with my Dad.

Journaling is a great thing also - doesn't have to be every day. I take lots of pictures and am just beginning to pull together the things in my scrapbook of building our house and our move but the process continues. I have been taking pictures of putting in the yard and thinking that my girls will one day be enjoying my scrapbook of the home Joe and I have made here.