This is not meant to be rude or to inflame, but let’s apply some scientific thinking to the idea that seams provide structure, shape or ease in blocking to knitwear.
From the land of knitwear, knitwear designers and technicians, Master knitters and anyone who works with knitwear, I would love to see the definitive, objective, non-irrefutable data that shows seams add stability and structure. I await such data with a modicum of expectation.
I have a theory. Seams were created for five bogus reasons in the beginning of this century because:
1). Frail and weak women were then able to work on lighter pieces of knitwear without discomfort in leisure; Holding a complete sweater in the arms to work on the collar will kill poor Granny.
2). Multiple shaping decisions are too complex since women have limited thinking capability;
3). Because women cannot envision in three dimensions, proven by the dearth of women architects, engineers, mathematicians and applied scientists, military strategists or theoretical scientists. They are far better left in the realm of the two-dimensional arts, poor dears. That the decision makers are male has no bearing on this, BTW.
4). Mass produced knitwear is progress. All knitwear is more easily produced in pieces. Handmade looks homemade. Our pattern consumers will never accept something that didn’t look like is was purchased off the shelf in a fine ladies store.
5). “We already sold her a sewing machine, instruction on the latest frou-frou, with all the educational materials laid in to cut ready-made fabric. Do you want us to create our own competitors? You idiot!”
Blocking can be done on any grid or with measuring tape and pins.
Any thoughts about this?