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by Laura Chau August 16, 2019 2 min read

Welcome to the Inverleith KAL! We're knitting Inverleith, a boxy tee with beautiful drape and a novel construction, between July 15 and September 16, 2019. Jump in anytime and join us on the Ravelry forums for discussion, questions, and chat. Tag your Ravelry project with #inverleithkal to be entered for prize drawing in September!

One of the great things about knitting a short-sleeved sweater from the top down? Once the body is done, there’s so little left to do! Today we’ll take a look at Inverleith’s split hems and purled bind offs and complete the body.

Working the Split Hem

Knit to the side marker and remove it.

When your sweater body is the desired length from the underarm less 2”, split for the front and back hems by knitting across the front to the side marker and removing it.

Gold sweater with hem split onto two circular needles.

You can slip the back stitches to a holder or another needle (as I have), or just leave it on your circular needle while you work the front hem.

Slip the first stitch as if to purl, with the yarn in front.

Now we’ll be working across the front stitches only. Turn work so the purl side is facing and slip the first stitch purl wise, with the yarn in front of the needles. Purl to the beginning of round marker and remove it.

Slip the first stitch as if to knit, with the yarn behind the work.

Turn and slip the first stitch as if to knit, with the yarn in back of the work, then continue across the row.

Each side of the split hem has slipped and purled stitches.

Continue working back and forth on the Front stitches until the hem measures 2”. The slipped stitch provides a nice edge to the hem, while the purl stitches help keep it from rolling.

P2tog Bind Off

Purl the first two stitches together.

When the front hem is complete, work a p2tog bind off on the right side as follows: p2tog the first two stitches.

Slip the stitch from the right to the left needle.

Slip the stitch from the right needle back to the left needle.

Purl two together.

P2tog and repeat, slipping the stitch from the right to the left needle each time.

Purled bind off on RS.

This creates a tidy edge.

Back Hem

Return the back hem stitches to the needles.

Return the back hem stitches to the needles if necessary. On the back, we’ll be picking up an extra stitch on each end to help reinforce the point where the fabric splits.

Insert the right needle tip into the center of the stitch.

With the RS facing, insert the right needle tip into the center of the stitch to the right of the first stitch on your needle.

Pick up and knit with the working yarn.

Rejoin the yarn by leaving a tail, and wrapping the yarn around the needle as if to knit. Bring this new stitch through to the front, then knit across the Back hem stitches.

After working the last stitch, insert the right needle into the middle of the next stitch.

At the other end, work the last stitch on the needle then insert the right needle tip into the center of the next stitch.

Picked up stitch.

Pull up the new stitch.

Completed front and back hem.

Now continue working back and forth on the back hem only until it matches the front, and bind off.

Next time we'll take a look at the sleeve construction and finishing! We're so close! Don't forget to join us on the Ravelry forums and tag your Ravelry project with #inverleithkal to be entered for prize drawing in September!
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Laura Chau

Laura is a Canadian knitter, designer, and editor.



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