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Hemming (and hawing, by implication)

Purple Flounceypants is charging ahead.  Today I finished the elastic casing around the top.  In keeping with the overall feel of the Purple Flounceypants experience, this was accomplished after an internal dialogue along the lines of “how do I do that?” ; “eh, I dunno…just wing it” ; “rightyo!” (frankly, I’m surprised that there are only two internal voices in that particular exchange — normally there’s six or seven).

So, if there’s anybody reading this who is wondering how to finish the elastic casing on their own Flounceypants (or, indeed, if there’s anybody reading this at all), here’s what I did:

  1. Knit until the piece is a bit longer than you actually want it — ideally, knit to the length you want, and then knit enough to fold over your elastic.  I think I could have probably knit about another 2cm or so on the body before I folded it over, but it’s modest enough.
  2. Don’t cast off.  Cut a reeeeeally long tail, thread a blunt needle and begin stitching the casing down by repeating steps 3 and 4.
  3. Slip first live stitch onto the threaded needle and off the working needle; pick up a purl bump a few rows down, far enough down that the elastic will fit through the resulting fold of fabric.
  4. Thread the threaded needle through the purl bump and then back up to the next live stitch.
  5. Keep doing 3 and 4 until you have maybe an inch of unfolded-over fabric left.  Thread your elastic through the casing you’ve created thus far, stitch your elastic into a loop, then repeat 3 and 4 until you’re done.
  6. Profit!

Total time elapsed to complete elastic casing = 35 minutes

Total time the novelty and excitement lasted = 2.7 minutes

It’s not hard, but it’s not the most exciting thing I did today.

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