To Seam or Not to Seam………….

To Seam or Not to Seam………….

Let’s talk about seaming – do you prefer to seam your knits or not? Me, I prefer no seams. If I can work a project in the round I will. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some projects that benefit structurally from seams and that’s ok. However our ancestors knitted garments in the round, without seams, for generations so I am pretty certain most projects are just fine without seams.

This brings me to another question on seams – from a pattern writing perspective – is it easier to write a pattern in which there are seams or write one without? I am at a decision point with my legwarmers pattern whether to instruct knitters to seam the ‘back’ or try to write clear directions on how to join the ‘back’ seam while working the final strip. Part of me says – write with a seam, it’s easier for the knitters – especially beginning knitters. Another part says – write how you did the joining, there’s no seam that way. Which part of me is right? Is there a right or wrong way? Or only a ‘best’ way?

I’ll be mulling this question over the weekend so I can get the draft pattern to the person who will be testing it. Stay tuned for the finished pattern……………………

Cheers! Jean

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  • Pesto
    Posted at 09:37h, 19 June

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Pesto!!

  • drdesigns
    Posted at 19:46h, 27 May

    Hello Luise,

    Thank you for your interest & comment. Your suggestion is an option that I have been thinking about and leaning toward. 5 days away from a computer is good thinking time 🙂

    Right now I see putting “seaming” as the primary instructions with notes on joining seamlessly and some sizing tips.

    With some luck (and organization) I will have the written pattern to my test knitter this weekend and the published version by mid-June.

  • Luise O'
    Posted at 10:44h, 22 May

    Hi Jean,
    Came over from Ravelry ’cause your topic intrigued me — I often have the same question.

    Have you considered writing the pattern both ways? I know it’s more work but might appeal to more customers in the long run. I’ll be reading to see what you decide and be very interested in how you made up your mind!
    Luise aka PurpleSage on Ravelry