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Sep 12, 2019 07:04:59   #
Di2design
 
Hi i am not sure what the perfect method of joining knitted or crochet pieces together is, most knitting or crochet patterns do not really explain at all how to achieve a neat join. I am interested to hear how all you lovely knitters and crocheters approach this aspect, i have heard of a linker but if you do not own one of these and are sewing by hand it is not always clear enough how and when you have spent a lot of time and love making a garment by hand you do not want to spoil it in the way that you finish your work. i am interested to find out if there is a neat way of knitting your pieces together and hope someone can help me with this or is it much better to knit or crochet your garment in one piece if possible ?
Thank you all and kind regards
Diane
 
Sep 12, 2019 07:10:20   #
saukvillesu
 
Great question. This is my most-disliked part of knitting items. I try to avoid the need by knitting in the round or making strictly flat items, but that is a bit limiting. I will be watching for suggestions too.
Sep 12, 2019 07:14:27   #
Sukiesue
 
saukvillesu wrote:
Great question. This is my most-disliked part of knitting items. I try to avoid the need by knitting in the round or making strictly flat items, but that is a bit limiting. I will be watching for suggestions too.


Ditto! Hope someone has the (easy) answer!
Sep 12, 2019 07:16:55   #
Fundogknit (a regular here)
 
Di2design wrote:
Hi i am not sure what the perfect method of joining knitted or crochet pieces together is, most knitting or crochet patterns do not really explain at all how to achieve a neat join. I am interested to hear how all you lovely knitters and crocheters approach this aspect, i have heard of a linker but if you do not own one of these and are sewing by hand it is not always clear enough how and when you have spent a lot of time and love making a garment by hand you do not want to spoil it in the way that you finish your work. i am interested to find out if there is a neat way of knitting your pieces together and hope someone can help me with this or is it much better to knit or crochet your garment in one piece if possible ?
Thank you all and kind regards
Diane
Hi i am not sure what the perfect method of joinin... (show quote)

I sew the seams together using the mattress stitch. My suggestion is to take your time sewing it together and you’ll have a neat seam that will hold up for years. You can knit in the round but it’ll have a twisted drape. Seams give structure.
Sep 12, 2019 07:36:44   #
simplyelizabeth (a regular here)
 
Good topic!
Sep 12, 2019 07:38:51   #
Celt Knitter (a regular here)
 
There are many tutorials on seaming on You Tube, etc: https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=seaming+hand+knits

I use mattress stitch, the Bickford seam or whatever is more appropriate. I agree with Fundogknit that seams give structure. I sold golf shirts and t-shirts for years to a restaurant chain and the seamless ones, although significantly cheaper, soon looked twisted and second hand.
 
Sep 12, 2019 07:39:41   #
barbaralbb2119 (a regular here)
 
Seams give stability and structure to knit garments. For that reason I often knit flat vs “in the round” . The mattress stitch is a good choice and I have never had it be a problem. I also like a 3 needle bind off, whenever I can, for shoulder seams. Then there is my absolute favorite (though I know it’s an anathema to many)....I sew my seams on the sewing machine. Takes a bit of care and attention (and not best for very bulky yarn) and makes a lovely, clean, strong seam.🌈
Sep 12, 2019 07:40:40   #
Lknteamscholz
 
My issue too. Try to avoid it but it is very limiting. Thanks for getting it out there ... I will be interested in learning
Sep 12, 2019 07:43:26   #
Geebart (a regular here)
 
Fundogknit wrote:
I sew the seams together using the mattress stitch. My suggestion is to take your time sewing it together and you’ll have a neat seam that will hold up for years. You can knit in the round but it’ll have a twisted drape. Seams give structure.


When I need a reminder on using the mattress stitch, I go to Very Pink videos.
Sep 12, 2019 08:04:32   #
Leaflet (a regular here)
 
I bought a sweater once which was sewn together using nylon (?) thread. Like fishing line. This is what I will do when I have to sew again. Lack of practice is probably my issue, but a lot of the you tube videos have examples which are of the simplest nature. I made a sweater a few years ago and I lost (!) my extra yarn to sew it together. Couldn't find it anywhere. I had to go to the fabric store to find something to use. I ended up with something like embroidery floss.
Sep 12, 2019 08:05:43   #
yarndriver
 
In the past, I've avoided seaming as much as possible by doing top-down sweaters. Elizabeth Zimmerman offered a great solution with her "faux" seam. It works fine and managed to correct the bias or twisted look.
 
Sep 12, 2019 08:10:43   #
heidiholly54 (a regular here)
 
I've mainly stayed with flat projects. I'm fairly new to knitting, have tried doing a small project in the round..it & I do not play well together!🥴 Will be attempting a sweater soon knit flat & assembled after. Will be following this post! Happy knitting/ crocheting everyone!
Sep 12, 2019 08:11:15   #
mlab (a regular here)
 
I machine knit a lot, so hanging shoulders and sleeves back on the machine is my preferred method. Then I mattress stitch the seams of the sides and sleeves. I knit the collar and button bands and then hang them on the garments too. Neater and quicker and calculations just tip top...
Sep 12, 2019 08:21:38   #
Trekkiebigtime (a regular here)
 
I always wondered about the mattress stitch and never got around to seeing it. Now I have I will use it more often as I have never liked the way I sewed the sides together which was what I call an overcast seam.
Sep 12, 2019 08:27:03   #
Janice Wilkens
 
Once I found out about the mattress stitch, it is my go to.

Di2design wrote:
Hi i am not sure what the perfect method of joining knitted or crochet pieces together is, most knitting or crochet patterns do not really explain at all how to achieve a neat join. I am interested to hear how all you lovely knitters and crocheters approach this aspect, i have heard of a linker but if you do not own one of these and are sewing by hand it is not always clear enough how and when you have spent a lot of time and love making a garment by hand you do not want to spoil it in the way that you finish your work. i am interested to find out if there is a neat way of knitting your pieces together and hope someone can help me with this or is it much better to knit or crochet your garment in one piece if possible ?
Thank you all and kind regards
Diane
Hi i am not sure what the perfect method of joinin... (show quote)
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