Archive for November 21st, 2014

Progress continues on the 1960s girl’s sweater. Last night I crocheted the sleeve to the sweater. That’s right, I didn’t sew it, I crocheted it. I love the perfect way sleeve meets sweater when it’s crocheted together.

1960s girl's sweater

When I first read about crocheting knitting seams together, I was a little skeptical about how it would turn out. After all, I had sweated, cried, and suffered numerous meltdowns learning what sewing technique to use where and perfecting those sewing stitches. Wasn’t all that a rite of passage into the knitting world? Along comes Jean Frost and her book Custom Fit Knit Jackets Casual to Couture and there’s a whole new way of looking at seaming.

Crocheting seams together gives a neat, but thicker seam than sewing. While it’s great for finger weight yarn and may work with a DK weight yarn, I don’t think worsted or Aran weight yarns would work. While I loved the way it brought sleeve and armhole together, I found I prefer to sew the side seams of the body instead. This in part is due to the way I start my seam work.

Although I am comfortable with a crochet hook in my hand, I found it slightly awkward seaming with it. First, selvedge stitches make crochet seaming easier. While I had none on the cap of the sleeve, this didn’t cause a problem. Probably that’s because the cap was intentionally shaped to fit this particular armhole shape. What did make things awkward was how and where I like to start my seaming. I like to start my seaming in medias res, so to speak. Translated that means “in the middle of things.” No matter what seam it is, I start my seaming from the middle out so I don’t worry about weakness at the end of seams. This way of seaming was a little awkward with a crochet hook. When I turned the piece to continue seaming the other half, the yarn was on the wrong side of the hook. So I had to work an extra step to get the yarn into the correct position.

Another plus for crocheting knitting seams together is at the end of the seam there is no worry about securing the yarn so the seam doesn’t come undone. When I came to the end, I just finished off the crochet stitch. It was like locking the seam shut. I had less worry about weaving in the ends so the seam wouldn’t open and could concentrate instead on intertwining the yarn in such a way that it could not easily be seen.

Crocheting knitting seams together takes a little longer than sewing them, but overall I am happy with the results.

Have a great weekend.

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