I’ve made 3 knitted suits. Well, 3 cardigans with skirts-to-match because I had enough yarn leftover! The simple skirt pattern said knit the front and back to match, then seam the sides.
Hmmm. I am a follower…therefore, that’s what I did. The skirt turned out very nice!
But, the 2nd and 3rd time I needed a skirt to complement a cardigan…I knit that pattern [U]in the round[/U]…same pattern…just eliminating 4 stitches to the grand cast-on. They turned out just as nice.
My 3 skirts were all bulky yarn, BTW. A sturdy tweed, a Manos del Uruguay and a Rowan Polar.
But, I read someone’s comment over at Ravelry, in a discussion regarding the subject of seaming: To Seam, or Not-To-Seam…quite a hot topic.
Anyhoo, one of the more accomplished knitters said that seams help stabilize the garment for a better fit. She elaborated more, but that is the jist of it.
Well, my skirts couldn’t care less, they’re just tubes wrapped around my hips and legs, & elastic waistbands to boot…but, I would never take a short-cut for a cardigan or pullover if the designer didn’t recommend knitting the fronts and back all-in-one-piece (this eliminates the side seams).
There was quite a crowd of Central Park Hoodie knitters over at Ravelry who were skipping body side seams…[I]to avoid side[/I] [I]seaming[/I]…but that complicates the sleeve insertion even more. Then some were also knitting the sleeves in-the-round, too! Can you visualize this: seaming a sleeve “tube” into an arm “hole”…becuase you do have a “hole” after you seam the shoulders! Gads. Well, maybe they figured out how to pick up stitches around the arm “hole” and knit in-the-round down to the cuff! :teehee: My head hurts.
I think your sleeveless tank top is like my skirt, except for a different section of the body! Being a follower, I would probably do what the pattern says the first time around, for the experience.