Friday 02/24/2012, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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Superb Seams with Margaret Fisher
Seaming is one of the most important finishing steps for a knit garment. In this class, you will master all the seaming techniques used to assemble a sweater, and understand how to make seams look flat and smooth. Learn how to sew invisible side seams on stockinette, reverse stockinette and ribbing. Find out how selvage stitches make seaming easy, even on the most complex pattern stitches. Practice joining shoulders and attaching sleeves. Discover how to make your garments look seamless.
Homework swatches and needles and the yarn used to make swatches, several yards of a dark-colored, #5 (bulky) yarn.
Sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.
6 required swatches. You will practice several seams on each swatch. Some seams will be pulled out in order to work other seams. With smooth, light-colored, #5 (bulky) yarn and appropriate size needles, knit swatches as follows:
Swatches 1 & 2 (make 2 exactly the same): Cast on 10 sts. Work in stockinette stitch for 4". Bind off.
Swatches 3 & 4 (make 2 exactly the same): Cast on 10 sts. Row 1 K1, (k1, p1) 4 times, k1. Row 2 P1, (k1, p1) 4 times, p1. Repeat these two rows until swatch measures 4". Bind off in pattern.
Swatches 5 & 6 (make 2 exactly the same): Cast on 10 sts. Work in stockinette stitch for 3". Place stitches on a holder.
Optional: (6 Swatches) Work these swatches in addition to the above 6, if you want to work each seam on different swatches. With these swatches, you will be able to save a sample of each seam. With smooth, light-colored, bulky yarn and appropriate-size needles, knit swatches as follows:
Swatches 7-10 (make 4 exactly the same): Cast on 10 sts. Work in stockinette stitch for 4". Bind off.
Swatch 11: Cast on 9 sts. Work in stockinette stitch for 5". Bind off.
Swatch 12: Cast on 12 sts. Work in stockinette stitch for 2". Bind off.