So you can have even more fun knitting in future and the results are even better. Here you'll find knitting tips to download on a regular
basis. These tips - some with descriptive diagrams - can be saved in PDF format, printed and collected.
Basic principles for beginners will be explained as well special professional tricks for those who want to learn more.
|Knitting Tip- "Knit" stitch (shoulder seam)
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.
Cast-off shoulder seams
Basically you can use the "knit" stitch either in open stitches directly from
the knitting needles or with stitches that have already been cast off. The pros of casting
off first are as follows: the cast-off edge gives the garment a certain stability and
helps to keep the shape of the garment. Also, when joining open stitches the pattern is
moved by half a stitch, so this is visible in some patterns. You can avoid this by casting
off the stitches. This is also the best method of joining rib, structural, jacquard and
This is how it goes
The "knit" stitch is always worked from the outside. Lay your pieces against
each other with the right side up. Start the seam at the right edge, joining the border
stitches together by pulling the sewing yarn from below through the border stitch of the
piece underneath. Take the whole border stitch of the upper piece and pull yarn through.
Now take the second half of the lower border stitch from above and the first half of the
next stitch from below and then the entire next stitch n the upper piece.
|On the lower piece the second half of the previous stitch and the first
half of the following stitch is sewn .....
||... and in the upper piece the entire next stitch.
After 2 - 3 cm seam pull the yarn tight. This way there is
no misalignment of stitches, all stitches correspond to their counterpart. This works for
rib and all other patterns too.
Sloping shoulder seams are no problem with this method. Just follow the edges. Balance the
little steps by doing this in two stages.