Inside the Self-hemming Cast On

Lindsay Lewchuk Announcements, Designers, How-Tos 17 Comments

Welcome to the Louet North America Spring 2015 Collection blog tour! I’m the designer behind Olea, a seamless tank with lace detail in Louet’s Euroflax Sport. Information on the giveaway is at the end of the post.

“Minimal finishing work is key to the design,” but how exactly do you created a bottom-up hemmed tank with this philosophy in mind? After a bit of trial and error & experience from top down seamless designs, the solution was my self-hemming cast on.

Note: when picking up, do not pick up from the first row of stitches as this adds bulk to the hem. Instead, pick up the “CO bar,” which is that length of yarn that runs beneath each stitch holding each stitch in place.

In additional to the seamless cast on, the other attributes of the design which fulfills the mission are: no side seams/ knit in the round construction, no finishing work around the lace detail/ one stitch either side eliminates the need for a crocheted or picked up edge, and no seaming on the shoulders/ 3 needle bind off is used. The only place that leaves for finishing is the small section under the arms. In order to create a smoother look, I recommend a single crochet over the bind offs. This really is a “weave in ends, wash, block, and wear” design!

Snag your copy of Olea on Ravelry and join the Louet North America KAL, which runs Monday, March 15th through Friday, April 30th. Their Ravelry group has more info on how to participate and win prizes!

Giveaway:
Thanks so much for visiting my blog! To enter the random drawing for a (Ravelry delivered) Knit Eco Chic pattern of choice, just leave a comment below. Winner will be selected March 16th, 2015.

Aside:
Puddles and I were thrilled with Caro Sheridan’s photo shoot of Olea especially when we saw the inclusion of a smiling K-9. But who could this cutie be?

Olea with dog

(c)2014 Louet North America/ Caro Sheridan

Meet Steve! Thanks so much, Caro.

Steve the dog from Caro Sheridan

(c)2014 Caro Sheridan

Comments 17

  1. I keep looking t this pattern – so cute! I must catch up on some long waiting projects but I’d wear this in cooler weather too with a little sweater over it 🙂

  2. Thanks for all the complements & comments! The comment entry for the giveaway is now closed. Each comment will be assigned a number in order of posting & random.org will select the winner. I’ll be announcing the winner shortly.

    Just because the giveaway is over, doesn’t mean your comments aren’t welcome. Keep ’em coming & happy knitting!

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      Hi Mary, I design free form so would recommend finding a stitch pattern you like and swatching it. Wash and block your swatch and then assess whether it’s a good fit for the linen yarn.

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