Project – Standout Cardigan
Pattern Book – #500886 Sumer Standouts
Yarn – Patons Silk Bamboo colorway #58425 Lotus
Seaming. The word brings a little shudder to my heart. I have heard many stories about a sweater ruined due to bad seaming. There are also stories about sweaters that are knit, but never finished because the knitter does not want to deal with the seaming. And the worst story of all is the one where a knitter pays someone else to seam and finish off the sweater because it is just too hard. Yep, a little shudder.
To be honest, my first attempt at seaming did not go well at all. After several attempts, and lots of time spent watching utube videos and reading reference books, I began to understand why a knitter would pay someone else to finish things. I folded the whole thing up and brought it to an experienced sweater knitter and said “help”. She told me something that made all the difference in the world.
Many sweater knitting patterns instruct you to slip the first stitch of every row and work any increases or decreases after the slip. This creates a selvage edge that makes seaming easier. Here is where I was making my mistake. I was seaming using the selvage edge. Wrong. The selvage is there to help you see where the next stitch starts and it is that stitch that you are using when seaming. Armed with this information everything went pretty smoothly.
First I attached the sleeves.
I pinned the middle, and then the ends, and smoothed things out as evenly as possible in between. After backing up a few times, I learned to look ahead and be certain the sides were even. Occasionally I had to skip a stitch on one side or the other to keep everything lined up.
Picked up stitches from the back…
… and then from the sleeve:
Back and forth, over and over. Every five or six stitches I pulled the yarn…
… and the result is a nice, pretty seam.
I repeated the whole process for the side seams.
In the end, it looks like a real sweater:
I slipped it on and it fits perfectly! All that is left to do is work the button bands and make a couple of ruffles. Oh, and weave in the ends.