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|Knitting Tip - Sewing on Sleeves|
Only neat, almost invisible seams finish off your knitted garment perfectly. "Knit" stitch is the best method for shoulder seams. For joining seams use a blunt darning needle so as not to split the yarn when sewing. If possible, use the original yarn used for the garment to sew the pieces together. Instead of wicking or bobble yarn, or extremely thick yarn you can use a thinner, smooth wool in a suitable colour, or cotton (depending on the garment). Sewing thread (despite its name) is not suitable here because it is not elastic enough.
And this is how it goes
The mattress stitch is always worked from the right side. Join the shoulder seam first of all using "knit stitch", and mark the centre of the sleeve with a safety pin or a contrast coloured thread. All other seams will be joined later. Lay the pieces right side up beside each other, so that the shoulder seam is exactly opposite the centre of the sleeve. Start the shoulder seam and join the cross-stitch between the edge stitch and the last stitch before the shoulder seam with the centre stitch of the sleeve (odd number of stitches) or with the centre two stitches (even number of stitches). Then pick up the cross stitch between the edge stitch and the first stitch behind the should seam and pull the thread fast. Leave one half of the sewing thread there and join the seam with the other half.
How you continue depends basically on the tension. In our example the tension sample is 16 stitches and 24 rows. This is a ratio of 2 stitches to 3 rows. To get a smooth seam in which neither the one side nor the other is too strained you will have to spread 2 stitches over 3 rows.
Once you've reached the corner of the sleeve turn your work
180° and join the second half of the seam accordingly.