Uh Oh

PieintheSky88's picture

So I've been working on my first sweater (DROPS Men's Pullover with Hood) and I'm nearing the finish on the back, with only the sleeves and the hood to go. I was looking at the assembly, and noticed that the stitches of the sleeves will be running perpendicular to the stitches of the body at the seams (ex: if the body stitches go up and down like so \/ , the sleeves, at the seam, will run >, creating a junction that looks like >\/ ). In researching how to join these stitches, none of the joins I've found explain a seam like this.

What's more frightening is that the directions read: "...Sew in sleeves. Sew sleeve and side seams using edge sts as a seam allowance." Are these crazy people insinuating that I should be joining these sleeves with a sewing machine???

The link to the pattern is:
http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=85&d_id=1&lang=us

It doesn't look promising, does it? Oy...

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PaulJMC's picture

Not sure if you can do this

Not sure if you can do this where you are but Sydney's biggest (and best) Yarn store has Saturday workshops - I did one on finishing (because sewing scared me sh*tless)!

It was fantastic - if you can track down a "finishing clas" go for it!

the three big tips were:
Don't do it when you are tired
Be really patient (it takes me HOURS)
Do it in daylight

Good luck

P

Bill's picture

Sleeve ease, ...a reminder

Sleeve ease,
...a reminder that you only need about 1.5 inches of ease in the sleeve cap.
...and there doesn't need to be ease around the rest of the sleeve top, just at the very top where the shoulder is.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

So far, I only have done

So far, I only have done sleeves that were knit on picked up stitches or only had short seams to sew. The advice from all the more experienced knitters is valuable. For me as well as the beginners. Good luck. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

albert's picture

Two Words, Joey: duct tape.

Two Words, Joey: duct tape.

PieintheSky88's picture

Thanks Joe! That's a very

Thanks Joe! That's a very interesting way to seam. I never would have thought of it haha.

*All an actor has is their blind faith that they are who they say they are today in any scene.*
~Meryl Streep

QueerJoe's picture

I have a favored way of

I have a favored way of attaching a sleeve which makes a very neat join. I wrote a tutorial on how I do it that includes using a blocking wire to "baste" the sleeve to the body, but pinning it in would work just as well...here's the link:

http://queerjoe.com/Seaming_a_Sweater_Sleeve.htm

Kenny's picture

oh, you don't use matteress

oh, you don't use matteress stitch?

PieintheSky88's picture

David- I found two books

David- I found two books similar to what you suggested. One is "The Ultimate Knitting Bible: A Complete Reference with Step by Step Techniques" by Sharon Brant, and the other is "The Knitter's Bible" by Claire Crompton. Do you recommend one of these over the other? (This question, I should say, is open to discussion). Thanks guys!

*All an actor has is their blind faith that they are who they say they are today in any scene.*
~Meryl Streep

PieintheSky88's picture

Thank you SO much, both of

Thank you SO much, both of you! I'm always so appreciative of how willing everyone is on this site to offer their help and advice, and I hope that as I learn I can reciprocate =) Your advice and examples, I'm sure, will be of great help. Thanks again!

*All an actor has is their blind faith that they are who they say they are today in any scene.*
~Meryl Streep

gardenguy42's picture

Good advice from David. I

Good advice from David. I would also recommend "The Knitters Book of Finishing Techniques" by Nancy M. Wiseman. There's also this video on tutorial on eHow:

http://www.ehow.com/video_4976584_knitting-sweater-sewing-underarm.html

If you are familiar with sewing, the issue you raise deals with "ease". It will not be possible to match the seam stitch to stitch on a rounded shoulder shape, so you need to use ease to sew the seams together to maintain the shaping.

There is also a good editorial at Knitty on this with good pictures:

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATspr06TT.html

Good luck!

PS This is why I prefer Elizabeth Zimmeman's and Barbara Walker's seamless construction techniques -- I hate sewing in set-in-in sleeves! But it is a good skill to develop.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -- Mahatma Gandhi

davidUK's picture

I think this is normal for

I think this is normal for sewing sleeves to the body and I woldn't do it with a machine. I'd recommend the Knitter's Bible by Sharon Brandt. There's loads of info about sewing garments together and loads of really clear illustrations. You can run a tacking stitch with a needle and bright coloured thread 1 stitch in from the edge (or where the knitting looks firm and neat) to give you a seam allowance. that way, you'll have a easy-to-see coloured line round the edges of teh 2 items you're trying to join together.

Some people would also suggest sewing from the outside so you can see what you're doing...

Anyway, Sharon Brandt very clear about sewing all sorts of different knitting together.

Good luck

David