Do you enjoy seaming knitting? Do you search for knitting patterns in which you seam pieces together? Or, do you actually go out of your way to avoid patterns that call for seaming? When you see that dreaded word “seam,” does your heart sink? Do you make a habit of scanning a knitting pattern for terms like “knit in the round” and “seamless” and “knit in one piece”?
I was once in the latter camp. I despised seaming and actively avoided it as much as possible. I clung to my circular needles and DPNs because I would much prefer to knit my projects all in one piece. Why? Two reasons: one, I liked knitting a lot more than I liked sewing; and two, my sewing tended to be sloppy.
Since I’ve started taking more of an interest in the proper ways of seaming, however, I’m starting to enjoy it more. It is in this spirit that I would like to offer you the following seaming tutorials, any and/or all of which I hope will help you.
Knit Simple: the Knit Simple seaming tutorial page includes vertical and horizontal seams on stockinette stitch, vertical seam on ribbing, vertical seam on garter stitch, vertical to horizontal seam, slip stitch crochet seam, and backstitch.
Vogue Knitting: the Vogue Knitting seaming tutorial page includes all the seams offered on the Knit Simple page, along with overcasting and edge-to-edge.
Splendid Sticks from Creative Knitting Magazine: This isn’t so much a “how to do this seam and that seam” tutorial as it is a simple, straightforward “here’s how to make seaming as easy and as painless as possible” article. It is full of photos and painstaking detail, so if you are truly lost at sea at seaming, you may find this one the most helpful.
Knitting Daily’s Seven Tips for Seaming Mojo: Again, like the preceding tutorial, this is less a guide to specific seams and more a general guide to finding the best way to seam your project. I like the way this author suggests taking mental steps to prepare for seaming, and then taking practical steps for the actual seaming progress. She has a great sense of humor about it all, too.
So there you have it: four tutorials that will help you overcome your fear of seaming. I plan to consult them all myself the next time I am working a project that requires seaming. I figure I can always improve seaming knitting!