June Hemmons Hiatt’s The Principles of Knitting is the ultimate, but for a quick reference Monste Stanley’s book the Reader’s Digest Knitter’s Handbook is my all time favorite, for all things related to seams, buttonholes, cast-ons and bind-offs…
There are so many good references though if you have a favorite please share!
Seaming things together is one of those things that seems really intimidating when you’re new to it but once you ‘get’ it, its incredible how satisfying and EASY it really is.
These are best for patterns with a lot of textures, cables and some (but not always all) lace stitches Grafting: creates a practically seamless join in the knitting that is flexible and nearly invisible.
Its is not sturdy enough for a shoulder seam but is an excellent way to join knitting pieces end to end, like for neck bands.
3 Needle BO: the knitted BO but with 2 pieces of knitting worked together, it plays well with short row shaping, often the best choice for joining shoulders.
Setting in Sleeves Start at the top and work down to the underarm: Stretching the cap, not the shoulder.
This is an art not a science What if it still doesn’t fit?
Add or subtract rows to cap shaping, usually after the initial decreases Side and arm seams Mattress stitch is your best friend, its so easy and its practically invisible.
Pockets Mattress stitch on the RS Slip stitch on WS Google any one of these techniques and you’ll find more examples and tutorials then you’ll ever need but sometimes a good reference book is all you need.
The weather is changing here in the North East- in my little corner the leaves are turning orange and all the woolens are coming out. Gauge 20 sts x 24 rows= 4” in pattern before blocking 16 sts x 22 rows= 4” after blocking This pattern is available for .00 in the Savory Knitting Shop on Ravelry End-to-end seams End-to-end seams for when there is a sloping bind off.
Finished Measurements 72”x 60” x 45” after blocking 50” x 48” x 36” before blocking Materials Swans Island Pure Blends Fingering 85% wool, 15% alpaca; 525yards/480m/100g skein color: Seasmoke; 1 skein Needles 24” US 4/3.5mm circular needle Adjust needle to obtain gauge.
This lovely little shawl/scarf/wrap has been my traveling companion since early August, once the pattern is established the 6 row repeat is easily memorized and because this uses only 1 skein it became a perfect on-the-road project that fit nicely in my purse, in my beach bag, occasionally a sweatshirt pocket.
So many that I have to keep them in big rubber bins and after I’ve packed them up I sometimes forget about them. Sometimes all it takes is a great project photo and suddenly I’m thinking “Ooo I want that…. ” Today I’m wearing the Stonecutters Cardigan after seeing this beautiful sweater Threadpanda made (she also has a thing for the moody and atmospheric photos, I just love this, but if you want to actually see all her beautiful work click the link on her name) Some other recent rediscoveries: Ewensberg5’s White Pine Flokk’s and Viffla’s Acers Georgievinsun’s Maxfield… The Plover Shawl is asymmetrical and is what I call and one-and-all-size shawl, it can be worked to any size desired just cast on and go until you run out of yarn or follow the patterns prescribed number of repeats for approximately the same dimensions listed below.