Hi everybody! Welcome to our little between-clue post. I hope you’re all well on your way to completing your afghan blocks! Even if you’re not, remember these posts and downloads will be available all the time on this website. Now let’s talk seaming!
While the placement of your afghan blocks is ultimately up to you, this is the arrangement we used:
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A PDF FILE OF THE THIS PLACEMENT CHART.
***Please note there was an error in the diagram originally posted. The diagram you see above and the pdf have been amended.***
So how do we stick ‘em together?
There are several different ways to sew your knitting together. Mattress stitch is a very popular technique for sewing up a sweater, but it results in a somewhat bulky seam with a very definite right and wrong side. While our blanket does have a right and wrong side, we need something a little less conspicuous. Lucky for us, this method is a whole lot easier!
This flat-seam method is not invisible, but looks the same on both sides and creates a smooth join. Simply thread a length of yarn through a large tapestry needle and draw the needle through both thicknesses. The diagram above shows how you would sew while holding two pieces of knitting sandwiched together.
When you are finished the seam, you then unfold the pieces and smooth out your seam. As the stitch is basically reversible, you can hold the pieces to be seamed with right sides together OR wrong sides together, just make sure the top/bottom edges are pointing in the right direction. Be careful not to pull your stitches too tight or you will end up with a ridge when you unfold your seam.
You can also work this seam, holding the knit pieces side by side. In this case, a table really helps!
Note: The following two pictures are not blocks from our afghan. Don’t worry if the pattern doesn’t look familiar!
I’m using red yarn to sew with so you can clearly see the seam. Here’s the same seam from the back:
When worked in a matching yarn, the seam really isn’t that visible:
- Block your afghan pieces before seaming. This will help get your pieces into uniform shape and smooth out the edges for seaming.
- Before seaming, lay your afghan pieces out on the floor or a large flat surface in the placement you intend to sew them together. When you have the placement the way you like, label them to make sure you sew them that way! It’s easy to accidentally sew something together upside down or backwards. Try pinning a scrap of paper to each piece with your notes – eg: “Row 2, Column 4″
- Seam your squares in strips, then you can work 3 long vertical seams (or 5 horizontal) instead of several short ones.
- Try seaming all of the afghan pieces with the same color for consistency and to avoid weaving in extra ends
Good luck everybody, we’re almost finished! Check back next Wednesday, February 10th for our final clue and more information on the contest!