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Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia


December 2007: Perfect "Shoulder" Seams

Sewing beautiful shoulder seams (invisible horizontal seams) does not have to be difficult! This technique is very easy to master. It can be used to join any two bound-off edges, and is worked stitch by stitch. Proper finishing techniques, such as creating seamless seams, will help you create garments that appear handmade, not homemade.

To sew seams, you will need a tapestry needle or a blunt needle. This will prevent you from splitting the yarn. For continuity, you should also try and use the same yarn you used to knit with.

With the right side facing you, place the bound-off edges together.


Working stitch by stitch, insert the yarn needle under a stitch (a "V") inside the bound-off edge of one side...


...and then under the corresponding stitch on the other side.


Pull the yarn gently, every 2 or 3 stitches, and be careful to maintain even tension.


The yarn used is Fleece Artist Blue Face DK. The finished sweater can be seen at the shop! --Karen Simmons