Joining back to front at the shoulder

The first pieces to join after blocking are the front and back at the shoulder (stitches head to head). You have three choices for this seam:

  • Use the three-needle bind-off, which makes it possible to bind off the edges of two pieces and seam them together at the same time.
  • Graft the shoulder stitches together.
  • Use the backstitch to seam the pieces together.

Because most knitters would rather knit than sew, the first option is a good one to learn as you develop your finishing repertoire. Refer to the earlier section, "Basic Techniques for Joining Pieces," for instructions on how to work any of these joins.

After you join your front and back pieces at the shoulder, work the neckband of the collar before adding the sleeves or seaming the sides so that you have less bulk to contend with. Chapter 17 covers neckline details.

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