Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Shoulder Seams

It is time to sew the shoulder seams on Mom's vest. Since I am a fairly novice knitter I went back to the tutorial I had bookmarked on-line and refreshed my memory. One problem.....the tutorial is for sewing shoulder seams in stockinette, my garment is in reverse stockinette. At 7 a.m., I searched and searched the internet for something, anything, that would tell me how to sew these seams without using the back-stitch. Nothing! There is not one online tutorial or article for sewing purl shoulder seams invisibly. 
Eventually, I did come across a small notation concerning using a crocheted seam to get a neat, sturdy shoulder seam. Maybe, but I really wanted to get a definitive answer. 
Finally, I thought to myself "Cathie, you're a smart lady. You are really good at crochet. You are very comfortable with crochet. You can figure this out!" I did. The bound off edges look like the loops on a crocheted piece. I tried two different ideas, one on each shoulder. 
First I started joining the shoulder with the typical single crochet stitch.
This looks okay on the right side......,
but the seam is very bulky.
Next I decided to try a crocheted slip stitch. Bingo!

The slip stitch doesn't show as much on the right side....
and the seam is much less bulky. It actually looks like a back-stitched seam.
 This is the first shoulder that is finished.
 It is not beautiful, but I think it looks fine. It worked up very quickly for me. 

I am joining Ginny for Yarn Along again this week. What are you knitting/crocheting? What are you reading? Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are up to. 

Once again, I am not reading anything at the moment. I am too busy working, crafting and decorating to have the time. 

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I am so glad you managed to find something to help you. Its looking amazing, a wonderful gift I am sure your Mum will love it. Love the new header.

    1. Thank you. I have now finished the second shoulder. On to side seams!

  2. Wow that's beautiful. Glad you had faith in yourself and got it to where you were happy.

  3. I think you did a fine job! Next time maybe consider a three needle bind off (that is what I use) or the mattress stitch for seaming. But again, I think your seaming is flawless.

  4. good for you!!! looks lovely... and love that colour! :)

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  6. It looks great! I always try to crochet my seams together too t always looks much neater. :)


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