Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Needlework Tuesday - On a Wednesday - Shoulder Seams and Buttons Bands

Since I didn't get around to starting a new project, I only have an update on my dark rose sweater. Last week, I had mentioned I had completed the shoulder seams, but I didn't show a good photo of them.

To start off, I looked online for some ideas on how to sew the seams together since I never really learned the proper way to do it. I found this wonderful video with a method that was perfect for a 1-to-1 ribbing (K1, P1). You might notice that I don't have that type of ribbing anywhere on the sweater, never mind on the shoulders. However, I, for some reason, decided that I was going to use this method anyway. After doing a few stitches I realized that it was the "wrong" method for this type of seam, but did I stop? Nope, I went ahead anyway and did both of them like that. I had numerous chances to change my mind, too. Oh, well. Now I'm thinking, so what that they aren't exactly invisible? So what that it would have been better to do it another way? They did turn out a little decorative and makes the sweater unique, so maybe that's the saving grace.   Just maybe.  Here's a close-up shot of the seam (back at the top, front at the bottom, sleeve on the left, collar on the right, I think):

I also mentioned last week, that I'd be working on my button band if I could figure out how to properly pick up and knit stitches. Well, it turned out so much easier that I had ever imagined it could be. Picking up stitches on a straight edge like the front of a sweater is easy-peasy compared to picking them up on an edge that has decreases or what not, like for a collar. I'm so pleased at how both the button and buttonhole bands turned out. Here's a small snippet of them:

The sleeves have been attached (with a "proper" seam) and I've been working away at the other seams, so I should be able to finish it up sometime soon.  

On a related note, I was showing my husband how nice the sweater was coming together and how pleased I was with the job I was doing when he asked me "How are you going to finish the bottom edge of the sweater?" Huh? I said, "It is finished"', then walked away before my fist involuntarily struck a part of his anatomy. Talk about a confidence killer. :(  

Anyway, next week I hope to have a photo of the finished sweater and possibly some information or photos of a new project.

Needlework Tuesday is hosted by Heather over at Books and Quilts.

1 comment:

  1. Your sweater looks great. I use a couple of different techniques to seam knitting, depending on the item and the look needed. Your shoulder seam looks neat and will probably mostly be covered by the collar. The sleeve seam looks most like what I used the majority of the time.

    Thanks for linking up for Needlework Tuesday.

    The button bands look wonderful. very nicely done. sometimes if is best not to ask the man about the house what he thinks about a project useless you tell him first what the only acceptable response will be. .


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