Basic Techniques for Joining Pieces

After you block your sweater or project pieces, it's time to put them together. You can choose between techniques that mimic and work with knitted stitches or traditional sewing methods.

i If you choose the more knitterly techniques, the ones you use will be determined by how the stitches are coming together: head to head, side to side, or head to side, all of which are shown in Figure 16-8.

i If you opt for the sewing method, the section, "Sewing seams with backstitch," later in this chapter explains the backstitch and how to use it to sew sweater pieces together.

Stitches side to side

Figure 16-8:

Assess how stitches are lined up for assembly.

Figure 16-8:

Assess how stitches are lined up for assembly.

Stitches head to head

Stitches head to side

Stitches head to head

Stitches head to side ctABE*

The techniques in the following sections help you join your pieces together in ways becoming to knitting. These techniques work with the structure of the stitches, creating seams that are smooth and flexible.

When you've finished seaming your sweater pieces together, no matter what method you use, steam all the seams, pressing down on them with your fingertips to encourage them to lie flat.

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