When I initially began knitting sweaters, the concept of seamless, top-down knitting, in the round was pretty unconventional. Even for baby sweaters. Patterns instructed you to knit the sweater in pieces and then seam the parts together. There was little opportunity to try-as-you-go and you hoped that after all was said and done, the thing would fit ok. I loved the knitting, it was the finishing that gave me the blahs. Seaming all those pieces together and then getting the tops of those sleeves to fit exactly right into the armhole, gah! I did a lot of fudging back then… I’m talking pre, pre Ravelry days when I was pregnant with my son and put on modified bed rest. Most of my seamed sweaters had a bunch of fabric squished together near the armpit. Unsightly and uncomfortable!
Then the whole world of seamless knitting opened up to me. Circular needles, magic loop, top down, hurrah!! Not only did I enjoy the whole process of knitting the garment, but finishing was a breeze.
I was happy and vowed I would never seam another sweater. Yeah, that didn’t quite work out!
My Aidez was knit in pieces and then seamed together
The Wee Wildflower baby sweater was the same
I even seamed all the little bits and pieces for my Dottie Bunny
Shockingly, I don’t mind seaming anymore! I’ve learned how to accurately ease set in sleeves. No more (or very little ;)) fudging! Yes, I think I’m beginning to feel like a grown up in the sweater knitting world. I love the structure and reinforcement seams give to a garment, especially one that’s been knit using a heavier weight yarn. Seams give your handknit sweater a tailored fit.
Seams? Bring it!
Does this mean that I won’t knit anymore top down, seamless cardigans? Nope, you gotta love the fact that when you choose to take the seamless route, you knit, knit, knit and when you bind off that last stitch, you’re done!
However… seamless or seamed, it’s those pesky sleeves on their own torturous “island” that trip me up every time! You’re nodding your head in agreement, no??