Blogfree Nancy asked this question in yesterday's comments:
I've been wondering about the hemming on your EPS. I know it's
possible to knit in the hem in the beginning, like I have done with
socks (like with a picot cuff). I don't see that being done with
sweaters and I'm thinking there must be a reason. Would it work to
knit in the hem on a sweater? Would that be bulkier than what you are
doing? I can't wait to see your finished sweater photos!
Believe me Nancy, when I first started EPS I worried and wondered about the hem, too. I have, however, been pleasantly surprised.
When first making plans to knit an EPS I had to consider what type of start to use. Ribbing was never in contention, but I did think about a rolled hem for a short time and then decided a hemmed edge was the right way to go. To add a feminine touch I added a picot. In The Opinionated Knitter Elizabeth suggests keeping the stitches live (via a provisional cast on) and sewing them in place.
The NBT I knit in May of 2005 had a hem and I took the easy way with that one. It started with a long tail cast on and both loops picked up to attach it to the body. Another, perhaps better way, is to use a provisional cast on , and when ready, put the live stitches on a needle and knit the stitches together with the body. Both methods do create a bump and a thick hem. Because of this lumpy hem I decided to do as EZ suggested…I'm all about EZ lately, as you know.
When all the knitting was complete I puzzled about the best way to approach the task of hemming. After a couple of false starts, I settled on pulling out the cast on and slipping the stitches, one at a time, onto waste yarn. The hem was turned up along the picot edge and pinned in place so the stitches were at the ready.
Each live stitch was sewn together with a purl bump from the sleeve. After several stitches were in place, I pulled out the waste yarn. The hem was smooth, no bump or bulk, and the public side looked perfect. Hemming live stitches is the best way to hem a sweater and it's not nearly as fiddly as I first thought.
This is a little preview of the yoke, as I know you're just dying to see it (and I'm dying to show her off).
I grew to trust EZ implicitly with this sweater. Any time a question about the next step would arise, I'd read the through the pattern. She is consistent and clear with her ideas, which lead me to move forward, without trepidation, in the manner she suggested. Every single time the outcome was perfect and the sweater grew. By reading through all her books I came to the realization that they are each treasures and you can't go wrong by owning any one or all of them. The Opinionated Knitter and the Knitting Workshop were must haves for this venture. OK has the updated notes by Meg Swansen (which were very helpful) and KW has the basic recipe for the EPS with info on short row shaping and other variations. This will not be my last EPS. She is now blocking and will be ready for a photo shoot this weekend.