This time I will show you the design I have knit in Rowan Hemp Tweed.
It is Pony by Lisa Richardson. This design is available as a single download in the Rowan Pattern Store or as part of the Rowan Autumn/Winter Selects 2015, a collection of 11 designs featuring the new Rowan yarns for the Autumn/Winter Season 2015/16.
The moment I saw this design I wanted to knit it. It is knitted in pure stockinette stitch and shows a folded hem in a different shade on all edges.
Although I love this design I changed the knitting of the folded hem. Instead of knitting it and sewing the cast on later to the corresponding stitch, I have used a provisional cast-on. After knitting the hem, I picked up the life stitches and knitted them together with its corresponding stitch.
Here is a little photo tutorial how I did it:
I used the provisional crochet cast-on by Ysolda Teaque.
To have the same amount of stitches to knit together from the cast-on edge you have to pick up 1 extra stitch. This stitch is immediately decreased in the first row.
To keep the hem really flat I have used 4,5mm needles for the part before the folding row and changed the needle size to 5mm needles after the folding row and for the rest of the garment.
It is more easy to pick up the cast-on stitches with a smaller needle than used for the cast-on itself.
Rowan Hemp Tweed is creating a fabric with a fantastic drape.
To knit the folded hem on the neckline I picked up the stitches with a bigger needle and knitted to the folding row, then I changed to smaller needles and knit the the second part. To cast-off the stitches I picked up the corresponding stitch on the pick-up row and knitted it together with the stitch on my needle.
I have knitted this design as a birthday gift for a friend. And I know it has already been worn a lot.