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Another confession: This sweater has been finished for months, and I have let it linger in my project cabinet, just waiting to be pieced together. 

Well, technically it was dashed together the night I finished it.  I knit the thing in part as my Halloween costume (that's right.  October.  What of it?) and wore it that evening.  It was a success, so one would think I would be just itching to wear it again, right?

But sewing a sweater together after it's completed is my bane - I hate doing it; I always want to rush things, which is a waste of all that hard work.  If you're going to spend weeks knitting something you should at least put it together right, right!?

Of course - which is why I just couldn't muster the energy to put this thing together yet!  But, with brisk spring days around the corner, I have a yearning for this terra cotta cotton beauty.

Here are my thoughts on seaming a sweater together after it's complete:

1. The invisible side seam is worth the trouble if you're willing to be careful and take your time.  I learned this technique at the incomparable Techniques with Theresa.  There is really nothing difficult about it per se ... but you have to be careful to not skip any stitches on either side (this will lead to a winding seam, or bunching/puckering on one side) and you have to be careful not to pull too tightly (which will also lead to bunching around the seam).  It takes awhile to get the hang of finding that little bar between stockinette stitches, but once you get it it goes along like a dream.  But, while you're learning, it's much easier to skip a stitch than you might think - which will have your sweater coming out unevenly when you get to the armhole.

2. Armholes and I do not get along.  I find the most difficult part of seaming to be getting that darned arm into place without ending up with a giant hole in my armpit.  When I whipped this sweater together quickly on Halloween I had two huge holes left at the intersection of sleeve and side seams because I hadn't stretched the sleeve edge around the circumference of the armhole properly.

3. Shoulder seams will relax. I remember piecing together my first sweater and wanting to cry because the shoulder seams looked so home-sewn.  They were standing up, puffy, just generally hideous.  But, I promised my co-worker that I would wear it the next day, and by the time I stepped out of the car the seams had relaxed with the stretch of the sweater around my arms, etc.

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Now, I'm no expert (seriously) but I am confident that the trouble of seaming is worth it.  Raglans or other patterns that are knit in the round are amazing, but for me they always seem too boxy.  I enjoy a slightly more tailored fit, which for the most part requires the old side seam.

Hopefully next time I have a chance to show you this sweater it will be all put together and on my person and actually fits!

 


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