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!


mamasmercantile said...

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.

Katie said...

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

karen said...

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.

CathieJ said...

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

elizabeth said...

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

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linda said...

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