Good at knitting, horrible at seaming

Ugggg…I work so hard on a project it looks great then comes the seaming part. I would love any tips and tricks you can give me to hel me along. I have only even knitted 2 projects that needed seaming so i know it will take practice.
R

I use a method where I slip the first stitch on each row and that provides a nice, visable row of sts on the edge to be seamed. Sure does make it alot easier to have a consistant seam. Hope this helps… Mary

I dislike seaming so much that I look for patterns knit in the round so that I don’t have to do much if any seaming.

These should help
http://dawnprickett.blogspot.com/2006/02/making-beautiful-seams-tutorial.html
http://www.studioknits.com/bookpage65.htm
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATspr06TT.html

Me, too! :teehee: It sure leaves out a lot of nice patterns though so we better get used to it. :wink:

“I dislike seaming so much that I look for patterns knit in the round so that I don’t have to do much if any seaming.”
"Me, too! It sure leaves out a lot of nice patterns though so we better get used to it. "

Most items can be knit without seams no matter what the pattern calls for. The sleeve caps may be picked up from the arm hole or even knit with the body, the sides or front and back can be knit as one piece. I really can’t think of anything you have to use seams for except for perhaps the shoulders for stability, but often the 3 needle bind off can be used there. Barbara Walker’s “Knitting from the Top” is helpful to understand seamless construction, but you can do it from the bottom, too, for the body, but you have to work from the top for the sleeves to avoid seaming the sleeve cap.

I had the same dilemma for a long time. I loved the knitting and hated the look of my seaming.

Then I discovered Mattress Stitch and 3-needle bind off.cloud9

I have a pattern that just says to join shoulders on a sweater-- I know a three needle bind off would leave a bump… can you graft/kitchener a shoulder??? I just think it would show less, but would it hold up as well?

Three needle bind off or some kind of seam will be less stretchy for a shoulder, which is normally what you want. You can graft but it will be more likely to sag and stretch. You could start the 3 needle bind off and you should be able to tell if the bump is going to be too large after an inch or two and if it is you can undo the bind off and try a different way.

I know in “Knitting from the Top” Barbara Walker recommends sweaters made with no seams at the shoulder, so I know it can look good with the graft, but with some yarns a seam will be needed, for instance maybe cotton or heavier yarns.

I don’t mind seaming, it means I’m almost done. Good psychological reason to get on with it. I have found that using spring style clothes pins works well for me, just take them off as I get to them, much like taking out pins before the sewing machine needle hits them.