This is the procedure for creating a turned hem, as explained in my Message in the Static hat pattern. A couple of things before I get started – this turned hem will be shallower than the hem in the pattern because it’s for demonstration purposes. I’m also showing the process starting at the point where you fold the hem and start to pick up stitches to knit the two sides together, having previously knit the two sides of the hem separated by a purl row.
In the pictures, the orange stitch marker is the beginning-of-round marker; the green will be the removable marker used to align the first stitch of the CO round with the first row of the round on the needles to knit together the sides of the hem.
1. Weave in the CO end on the wrong side of the work – you need to do this now because you won’t be able to get to this yarn end once you knit together the two sides of the hem.
2. Fold the wrong sides of the hem together at the purl row.
3. If you haven’t done so already, mark the first stitch of the round on the CO edge with a removable stitch marker (one of those little plastic padlocks would be perfect, as would a knitter’s/coilless safety pin). This will help you line up your stitches as you get started on knitting the sides of the hems together.
4. Align both arms of the first stitch on the CO edge with the first stitch in the round currently on the needle, stick your right needle through all three strands of yarn, and knit both stitches together. I sometimes find it helpful to pick up the stitch from the CO edge with the right needle and then slip it knitwise onto the left needle before knitting the stitches together.
5. Continue around the hem, picking up 1 stitch on the CO edge for each stitch currently on the needle and knitting both stitches together to close the turned hem.
6. When you get to the last few stitches, you may find it slightly difficult to pick up the stitches, depending on the gauge at which you’re knitting/yarn that you’re using/needle configuration. That’s pretty normal.
7. If the pattern has you start working in a different color for the part after the turned hem, break the hem color and leave a 6-8″/15-20 cm tail to weave in later.