Incredible Sweater Machine substitute hem.
Since the plastic hem provided with the ISM finally bit the dust, and, needing to get a project done, I did the only thing that came to mind. Make One!
Here's how. By the way, you will need a claw weight (borrowed from another knitting machine). 1.) E-wrap cast on 10 or 12 stitches. 2.) Hang the claw weight below the needles. 3.) Slowly knit across these stitches. 4). Continue to knit several rows. 5.) Transfer the third stitch from the left edge to its neighbor--either left or right--doesn't matter. 6.) Leave the empty needle in work position and Knit 10 rows. 7.) Transfer the 4th or 5th stitch from the right edge to its neighbor. Leave the empty needle in work position. 8.) Knit 10 rows.
Repeat steps 6 through 8 until you have knitted twice as many rows as you have needles on the knitting machine, then knit about 20 more rows. Bind off.
The holes that you made with the transfers will accommodate the rod weights that came with the ISM.
To use the "rag", Hang the loops that occur along the side of the knitting on the machine needles, slip the rod weights into the holes, weaving in and out for the width necessary.
Now is the time to use Ravel Cord and knit through the "rag", and, you are ready to cast on using the project yarn.
As an alternative to using the rod weight, claw weights can be hung along the "rag" instead of using the rods. Your choice. I use both.
This "rag" works well on any other machine, too.
Nice clear and useful pattern!! i just did a long row of very loose single crochet, hung it on my Bond, and basically knitted 4" and hemmed it up on the Bond, making a long sleeve for weights. But yours would allow more precise placement of the rod weights, bravo!
The answer lady has a great video showing this process and she calls it hanging a rag. It's a wonderful idea and I want to give it a try. Thank you
What is "ravel cord" and where can I get it? Can I use scrap yarn? Thank you.
Ravel cord=i use medium round elastic, you can get it hust about anywhere especially walmart.
Ravel cord is a slick thread about the size of No 10 bedspread crochet cotton. You can use the No. 10 crochet cotton but it is not slick. There is nylon crochet thread in this size that works well. Ravel cord used to be available from machine knitting shops. I don't know if it still is. Yarn will work also, but it is more difficult to remove.
Thank you. I will purchase a roll of ravel cord and also plan to make the plastic hem substitute.