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table of contents chapter 25 (of 29)

25: Diagonal Hems & Points

You may want to knit a garment with a pointed hem, either at the side or in the front and back, or with a hem slanted from high on one side to a low point on the other. Maybe the sleeve will end in a point. Wherever the points, the edges have a diagonal slant and can be shaped in different ways.

The edge of the shaping that forms the point or slant should present a clear line to allow stitches to be picked up neatly, to ensure that any added trim or band looks good and sits flat without curling [pic 1,2].

   
1: (left) Increasing on first and second last stitch of every row.
2: (right) Increasing on first or second last stitch of every second row.

The point of the band or the corner is a mitre, and has to be shaped according to the slant of the diagonal so that the feature shape is preserved. More increases or decreases on the ends of the band will make a very sharp mitre, and fewer increases or decreases will result in a less sharp point [pic 3,4].

   
3: (left) Increases worked on every row.
4: (right) Increases on every second row.

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