|17: Seam Theory
The only advantage of backstitch seams is that
they help a careless knitter. Pieces knitted without matching rows
can be cobbled together. At least the garment can be finished and
worn, but it will never hang properly. It will sag, and show that
some bits are longer than other sections that are supposed to be the
same, or the seams will have lumps or bubbles.
If you work a seam with the right side facing, so that you can see
the rows that you are joining, and if you join row to row, or stitch
to stitch, the seams will be fine and almost invisible, and the
garment will fit and hang well.
Seams, unless a feature, should not be obvious. Odd, messy stitches,
holes, loose ends and wrong coloured threads used for joining show
that finishing has been careless, and detracts from the professional
look of the garment.
Seams should be supple and have as much stretch as the rest of the
knitting to avoid distorting the shape. They should also be as fine
as possible to prevent unwanted bulk and stiffness.
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