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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Patchwork wrap: Seaming

Stitching The Patchwork Squares Together

New Technique Used: Seaming

Seaming is a method of "finishing" knitted pieces. It's used when the edges of separately knitted pieces need to be sewn together. Since this wrap is done as a "patchwork," each square is knitted separately and needs to be sewn together at the edges with the other squares.

The Original Technique:

This wrap is knitted in garter stitch (knitting every row), so I used a technique for making invisible vertical seams on garter stitch edges.













My Improvised Technique:

I had to modify the original technique a bit because the patchwork squares were knitted diagonally - thus, the edges have increases and decreases on them and the garter stitch rows are....diagonal rather than vertical. Here's how I did it.

Step 1: Line the squares up with the edges you want to sew together making a vertical line














Step 2: Use the cast on/off tail of one square to connect the two squares at the corners. You do this by making a sort of figure-8 knot. (It's easier to show this in pictures than to explain it.)







































Step 3: Begin the seam by looking to the lefthand square edge. The edge has these knobby-looking knots that represent the ends of the diagonal garter stitch rows. If you look at the garter stitch rows, you'll see that the stitches make a top-loop, bottom-loop pattern.

It looks a little like this: _-_-_-

On my squares, the edge knobby-knots are the top-loops (the - ) rather than the bottom loops (the _ ). They make the edges look a little like this: _-_-_=

Step 4: Insert the yarn needle into the BOTTOM-LOOP on the lefthand square edge (the second garter stitch from the edge).

Visually, the loop indicated in red is the loop I'm talking about: _-_-_=














Step 5: Then insert the yarn needle into the TOP-LOOP on the righthand square edge (the first garter stitch; the one on the edge).

Visually, the loop indicated in red is the loop I'm talking about: =_-_-

That will be one of those annoying knobby, double loops. You only need to insert the yarn needle through the top loop out of the two loops making up the end loop (the =).

Complicated enough for you?


Step 6: Pull the yarn taut. Repeat down the entire edge of both squares.

Step 7: Turn the squares over to the reverse side. Repeat the seaming process on the back of the squares (to make the back seam look pretty and to add strength to the seams).

Here's how the seaming looks:

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