May 9th, 2011
There comes a time in most knitters’ and crocheters’ lives when you want to tackle a project that has seams to be sewn up, whether it’s a top, a hat, an afghan, or a cardigan.
While many knitters & crocheters are wary of sewing, seams can be an important part of your project’s construction, providing structure and helping it to keep its shape, so it’s an important skill to learn. Some knitters & crocheters also worry that the seam will show, but as you can see from the picture of my partly seamed sweater, you can’t even tell where I’m joining the front and back of the sweater together! (Hint: Follow the V down in a straight line and that’s the seam between the two pieces of fabric.)
Besides, seaming doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little practice you can become a pro. To help, here are a few tips that I’ve picked up along the way.
1. To start, if you’ve never seamed before, click here to see directions from the LionBrand.com FAQ bank on how to seam various knit stitches, click here for crochet directions. You’ll always want to join your pieces by hand-sewing, since this will allow you to create the most invisible seams. Practice with test swatches, since practice makes perfect (or at least very good)!
2. Block your pieces before you start seaming. This will help flatten out your pieces and to control any rolling in a stockinette or single crochet piece.
3. Pin the pieces together with safety pins or small claw hair clips to help you get started. By keeping the fabric together, it will make it easier for you to sew them. Once you get a little further along (like on my two sweater pieces shown here), you can take the pins out.
4. Consider a crochet seam (whether you’re a knitter or a crocheter). A slip stitch seam or a single crochet seam can sometimes be a good option for joining two pieces together. I like them for joining sleeves to a garment.
5. Designing your own pieces? Keep in mind that you’ll lose a stitch on either edge of the fabric when you seam the pieces together. This is especially important when you’re working on a project with ribbing or a patterned stitch (such as on a sleeve cuff), since you don’t want your ribbing not to match up correctly when you seam it up! (I learned this lesson the hard way, so learn from my mistake and think ahead.)
With a little practice and a little patience, you’ll soon be a seaming queen (or king)!