Determining the Order of Sweater Assembly

As you assemble sweaters, you usually follow a fairly predictable order of assembly that goes something like this:

  1. Tack down any pockets and work pocket trims or embroidery details on sweater pieces before seaming them together.
  2. Sew the shoulder seams. Sew both shoulders for a cardigan or a pullover with a neckband picked up and worked on a circular needle. Sew only one shoulder if you want to work the neckband on straight needles, and then seam the second shoulder and neckband together.
  3. Work the neckband and front bands on cardigans.
  4. Sew the tops of sleeves to the sweater front and back.
  5. Sew the side seams.
  6. Sew the sleeve seams.
  7. Sew on buttons on cardigans.

If you've worked your sweater in a medium or lightweight plied yarn, you can use the same yarn for seaming the parts. If the yarn is heavy or a single ply that shreds, use a finer yarn in the same fiber in a similar color.

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