20 May 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……………………