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table of contents chapter 25 (of 29)

25: Diagonal Hems & Points (cont.)

If a garment is knitted from the top, the way to make a point is to cast off a number of stitches at the beginning of every row until there are no stitches left. If knitting the conventional way (from hem to shoulder), start with a few stitches and then cast on a few stitches at the beginning of every row [pic 5].

5: Top: Steps formed by casting on a few stitches at the end of every row. Bottom: Steps formed by casting off a few stitches at the beginning of every row.

Either way, the edge is a series of steps, like a slanted shoulder seam [pic 6].

6: The number of stitches in the steps determines the angle of the slant.

After the garment has been joined, when picking up stitches to make a band along these edges, ignore the steps. With right side facing, pick up stitch for stitch along the edge of the first step. When you come to the next step edge, just pick up the next stitch in sequence, which is actually two rows above the last stitch that you have picked up. Continue this way to the centre of the point or chevron [pic 7,8].

7: Four stitches are picked up to each step. Every step is two rows above the previous step. Continue to the middle stitch of the point.

8: The knitted edge folded back to show how the shaping of the steps has been eliminated.

To shape the angle of the point or the chevron when the seams are joined, whilst knitting the band increase one stitch on each end at the point, and decrease one stitch at the other end [pic 9].

9: The increases at the end of every second row form half of a mitre corner.

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