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21: Vertical Seams (cont.)

Rib knitting is joined according to the stitches at each edge.


For pattern stitches use the seaming method appropriate to the edge stitches.


I know I bang on about backstitch seams, but I do it because so many things can go wrong visually and physically with the garment if you join the seams with the wrong side facing, and when you use a seam that has little or no flexibility. The appeal of knitting is the way that it can move. It is not stiff like most woven fabrics. Because of the construction of the stitches, knitting has marvellous fit and draping qualities, and so the seams, however firm, should have the same stretch. And working a seam from the wrong side is like cooking from behind a screen. You can’t judge what is happening [pic 21].

21: Putting on my “Best in Show” judge’s hat, I would take off marks for a back stitch seam.

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