Knitting Tutorial: Stitch by Stitch Hem

Using a stitch by stitch hem on a knit sock cuff
Most of my hand knit socks are finished (or started) with a basic ribbed cuff. However, another option for finishing toe-up socks is with a picot edge and a stitch by stitch hem. This is not the fastest way to finish a pair of socks, but it sure is pretty.

Before You Begin

A stitch by stitch hem can feel a little tedious, sort of like when you are Kitchener grafting. Here's my little rhyme that helps me remember the process and focus on something kind of silly.

     Go over the rainbow. Under the smile, too.
     Knitwise drop a stitch off. Purlwise pull the yarn through.

     Then up through the smile again.


Thanks to Oink Pigments for providing the Disco yarn (colorway - 4 Play) shown in this tutorial. Also, thanks to Skacel for their ongoing support. The addi FlexiFlips shown in this video are available locally at many yarn shops and online at Makers' Mercantile.

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Stitch by Stitch Hem

Recommended Pattern

Ready to try this technique in a pattern? The Caretaker Socks pattern shown in this tutorial will help you learn and practice these skills:
  • Emily Ocker's Circular Cast On
  • Double Lifted Increase
  • Ornamental Daisy Stitch
  • Japanese/Pinned Short Row Heels
  • Stitch by Stitch Hem with a Picot Edge
Caretaker Socks: toe-up sock knitting pattern with a picot edge and stitch by stitch hem

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The Chilly Dog: Knitting Tutorial: Stitch by Stitch Hem
Knitting Tutorial: Stitch by Stitch Hem
Learn how to do a neat, knit stitch by stitch hem with an easy little rhyme about smiles and rainbows.
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