Friday 02/22/2013, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Advanced Seaming: Texture, Color, Pattern with Margaret Fisher
Do you know how to seam stockinette stitch, but find other stitch patterns challenging? Learn how to apply the same techniques and principles to seaming textured stitch patterns and colorwork.
The key to seaming is understanding stitch pattern structure and recognizing where to place the sewing needle. We will work with two simple textured stitch patterns—garter stitch and seed stitch—to learn how to identify "where to sew." These two patterns are representative of many textured patterns and by seaming them, you will understand many aspects of seaming others. You will practice seaming vertical, horizontal, and horizontal-to-vertical seams in garter stitch and seed stitch.
Also, you will learn how to adjust textured and colorwork stitch patterns so they match at the side-seams of a garment. Charts and knitted samples will be used to examine the stitch patterns and determine how to adjust them. The class includes a discussion of using selvedge stitches with colorwork and textured stitch patterns.
The last part of the class focuses on the knitting and seaming techniques used for set-in sleeves. All of the steps for sewing set-in sleeves will be reviewed, and you will practice seaming the diagonal section of a set-in sleeve on seed stitch swatches.
Note: Must be able to sew vertical, horizontal, horizontal-to-vertical, and diagonal seams in stockinette stitch and vertical seams in reverse stockinette stitch (or must have taken Superb Seams class). Must be able to identify the structure of knit and purl stitches in handknits.
Homework swatches, several yards of a dark-colored, #5 (bulky) yarn; several yards of a contrasting-color fingering weight 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.
5 required swatches. You will practice with 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 needles, knit swatches as follows:
Swatches 1 & 2 (make 2 exactly the same): Cast on 20 sts. Work in garter stitch (knit all rows) for 4". Bind off in pattern.
For swatches 3 - 5, work in Seed stitch pattern (even # of sts): Row 1(RS) *K1, p1; rep from *. Row 2 *P1, k1; rep from *. Rep rows 1 and 2.
Swatches 3 & 4 (make 2 exactly the same): Cast on 20 sts. Work in seed stitch pattern for 4". Bind off in pattern.
Swatch 5: Cast on 20 sts. Work in seed stitch pattern for 2 rows, end after working a WS row. Row 1(RS) SSK, work across row in pattern. Row 2 Work across row in pattern until one stitch remains, p1. Rep Rows 1 and 2 until 10 sts remain. Bind off in pattern.
Note: Please follow directions as written. Do not slip the edge stitches (or create any other selvage stitches) on these swatches.
Optional swatches: If you want to work each seam on a different swatch, work these swatches in addition to the above 5. Four (4) swatches made the same as Swatches 1 & 2. Four (4) swatches made the same as Swatches 3 & 4. With these swatches, you will be able to save a sample of each seam.