Norah’s Knits: Knitting in the Round
When I first learned how to knit I was pretty frustrated when it came to sewing a sweater together. A fairly accomplished seamstress, I assumed that I should put the right sides of my pieces together and sew with the wrong sides facing me, like you would when sewing a blouse. Being a bit of a perfectionist at the time (I have TRIED to relax a bit since) I had an adverse reaction to how sloppy my seams looked. I decided I really disliked sewing seams.
For the next few years I knit everything in the round. My love of circular needles, whether knitting in the round or not, undoubtably came out of this period of my knitting history. Although, I never did learn to like double pointed needles.
Somewhere along the line I learned about using the mattress stitch to weave seams together. I love (love, love) this method for two reasons:
1 – The right sides are facing, so I can see what I am doing. Yep, always a plus!
2 – There is a lot less guesswork. I know which thread to use when and exactly where to put my sewing needle.
If you haven’t been weaving seams together, check out these videos in the Berroco learning center. Start with the mattress stitch.
Circular knitting is very popular these days, and I suspect it’s mostly because other knitters dislike seaming as much as I used to. There is something to be said though, for knitting around and around and having minimal finishing to do, so I have been going back to my roots and designing more pieces in the round. Here are a few you might like.