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January 29, 2007

Edge Stitches

Some things are best said straight up, no beating around the bush, no coy intonations.  Such is the case with edge stitches.  Hear me and hear me now:

For any edge that will be seamed, the edge stitch will be incorporated into the seam allowance and lost to the wrong side of the piece.

This plain and simple fact is vitally important when the piece is worked in a pattern stitch.  For example, the sleeves of my EZ baby sweater were worked back and forth and then seamed.  Even though the pattern called for 42 stitches -- the lace pattern is a multiple of 7 stitches -- I added an extra stitch on each side of the sleeve.  These edge stitches became the seam allowance when the sleeve was sewn together and allowed the stitch pattern to flow uninterrupted through an invisible seam.  I prefer to work my edge stitches in stockinette stitch -- knitting them on the right side and purling them on the wrong.

Edge Stitches Mean Invisible Seams

Patterns -- even well written, clever patterns -- are merely suggestions to the intelligent.  It is the wise knitter who adds her own knowledge, skills, and craftsmanship to each and every project.  After all, it is Knitter's Choice.

January 29, 2007 in Tips and Techniques | Permalink


well put!

Posted by: Natalie | Jan 29, 2007 6:40:54 PM

A great tip, and I think EZ would be very proud. This was the essence of her thinking; to make you truly consider your own knitting.

Posted by: Alison Jacobson | Jan 29, 2007 6:46:49 PM

Amen. This tip changed my seaming life when I figured it out!

Posted by: Ashley | Jan 29, 2007 8:05:49 PM

Good advice! Did you design the yoke?

Posted by: Ava | Jan 29, 2007 10:22:40 PM

Smart lady! Thanks for the tip. I sometimes forget things like that and just go at the knitting. :)

Posted by: Arleta | Jan 30, 2007 5:39:58 AM

:) i did the same thing but slipped my stitches. this is the first time i have done that and i'm not sure that i like it for seaming as much as i thought that i would. i'm probably going to go back to stockinette selvages in the future.

Posted by: gleek | Jan 30, 2007 7:35:12 AM

I started hating seaming less when I finally figured out the concept of selvage. Now I even kind of like it (heresy, I know).

Posted by: Sarah | Jan 30, 2007 8:49:40 AM

Well said Nona! I guess it's understanding things like that that makes us better knitters.

Posted by: yuvee | Jan 31, 2007 10:34:19 AM

I've always been astounded at the way patterns, even those written by very talented designers, miss this detail. In the last several years, I've also examined patterns carefully to see how the ribbing lines up with the pattern around the bottom, cuffs, and neck--and how the shoulders line up. In most cases, I've made at least minor adjustments to improve the positioning of these items. If there is ribbing, it often helps to space any increases for the body (or sleeve) at predictable places rather than just "increase X stitches evenly" to achieve the number of stitches for the body if there is a design that could benefit from better placement of the ribbing.

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