Marker

I mean ok fine. Stockinette does have its charms. I’ll be honest and say I’m still really really really missing, you know, doing things as I knit. But the end result is lovely.

I just need to get a marker and go in there and color on this a bit to liven things up (for ‘marker’ please substitute ‘other piece of yarn with which I shall embroider,’ but that’s a bit of a mouthful, so we’ll just say marker).

Ends

Secret additional bonus, the inside is darn tidy and the folded over bit gives you a good place to ditch your ends.

I’ve got a long tail there because I am for sure going to embroider the snot out of this, because the thought of lots and lots and lots of embroidery is all that’s going to keep me sane(ish) as I knit all that plain stockinette. And I figure why not just go ahead and leave myself a piece to start doing that with.

But the other end of the orange and the starting end of the gray are all now nicely woven in and tucked up out of sight (it bugs me if I have loose ends flopping in the breeze as I knit, so I often get them out of the way early on).

A win

Was that a whole lot of work and bother for a very simple result?

I mean possibly? But really, you can say that about pretty much any thing you knit by hand.

And honestly, that was literally the first time I’d done a turned hem, it took me about thirty minutes more than a plain cast on would have (a big chunk of that because I stopped to take pictures), it is satisfyingly tidy, and I’m completely delighted to have done it.

So yeah, I’m calling it a win, because my brain could very much use a bit of soothing and successful novelty these days. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t need my knitting to be as efficient as possible, I need it to be as delightful as possible.

And this is delightful beyond words.

Delighted

Ok, so here’s the actual joining bit.

Look at the wooden needle. See how it’s got rather a lot of stitches on it? And how they’re jammed up awfully close to each other? Yup, well that’s the sets of stitches we picked up in the earlier post. One from the live stitches, one from the cast on edge, one from the live stitches, one from the cast on edge, all the way around.

So now you go along and work one new knit stitch into each pair. So you make one new stitch, and that new stitch joins together one of your live stitches with the one from the cast on edge that was right beside it.

You literally just doubled the number of stitches on your needle (by picking up a all those stitches at the cast on edge) and now you’re decreasing them away by working a series of decreases.

The result looks unspeakably smooth and round and tidy, and I’m madly in love.

It is very very very slightly fiddly. But if you understand what you’re doing, it all makes sense and isn’t hard and is totally worth it.

Or, alternately, you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to and you can say ‘um, yeah, no’ and nope out and do a more regular brim.

But oh, oh I’m delighted by it. And I shall be doing it again in the future.