Sometimes it feels as if my cardigan is at a stand-still. It’s not that I’ve lost love for the project. Our current cold-snap (which includes wet snow) has made the cardigan a need-now item. But sometimes life conspires against you. After-hours workshops have eaten up free-time and sick kids have zapped my dwindling energy supply. Ugh and double ugh!
Somewhere in the hustle-bustle, I did manage to finish both sleeves . Seriously, if it weren’t for this blog, I’d feel hard-pressed to go on. What do you do when life interrupts your knitting adventure? How do you stay focused or inspired to carry on?
Thankfully with the sleeves done, I started seaming. And I love seamless seams! For the raglan seam, I used the mattress stitch. First I laid the two pieces flat with the right side showing. After matching up the stripes, I inserted the needle between two stitches and “grabbed” the horizontal bar.
Then I repeated on the other side.
Continuing back and forth, the seaming yarn created a zigzag pattern.
When I gently pulled the sewing yarn, the seam disappeared!
The mattress stitch also worked for the cast-off edges (under the arm). Generally I work from the right and move left. Again I laid the items to be seamed with the right side showing. Then I inserted the needle from right to left so that my needle went under the point of the “V”.
Then I repeated with the next stitch on the top piece, inserting the needle through the point of the “V ” from right to left.
“Fake” stitches are created in the process so that the seam appears seamless.
Lots of knitters find seams a little intimidating. For a long time, I was too. Not anymore.