We're ready to knit the neckline and fold it down to create the tidy stand-up collar for the Carbeth Cardigan. We're going to make a knitted hem using a 3-needle bind off.
Here we are with the finished neck rib. There should be 33 rows of ribbing total. The designer had a discrepancy in the original pattern so be sure you have the updated instructions that repeat rows 1 and 2 15 times. This is what it should look like…
The ribbing will be folded in half and joined to the inside of the sweater by picking up stitches and then working a 3-needle bind off. To do this we're going to pick up stitches on the row before the ribbing starts. We need a second circular needle and we'll be looking at the inside or wrong side of the sweater.
Locate the row at the bottom of the ribbing. It's easily identified by the purl bumps at the end of the ribbing.
With our second circular needle and starting at the left front edge, pick up 4 stitches over the button band and then proceed along the row just below the ribbing. We are pick up stitches from the right to the left.
Keep in mind we're not doing "pick up and knit" here. We're just doing "pick up" meaning sliding these loops on a needle. No extra yarn required here.
As we move along the stitches are getting captured on this needle to just kind of hold on to them for the next step. Be sure to pick up 78 stitches on this new needle. There will be 4 from each button band plus the 70 collar stitches.
Working a 3-needle bind off
A 3-needle bind off is easier than it sounds and it makes closing this hem simple because we have matching stitch counts on each needle.
To perform a 3-needle bind off: Align the two working needles in a parallel manner. Insert a third needle as if to knit on the working needles. Knit these two stitches together. Knit a second stitch in the same way and lift the first stitch over and off the third needle.
As you work along your 78 stitches you'll see the stitches combining to create a hem!
When you're done you should have a nice tidy edge like this!
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