- "I really like to knit in the round, but I like to seam too. I don't want every top I make to have raglan sleeves and I want some variety. I sometimes get annoyed that so many people knit everything in the round. I shouldn't care if they're not my projects, but I also wonder at this aversion to seaming."
- "For me, a successful seam makes me feel like an accomplished seamstress (which I am not) and I like that feeling. Crazy?!"
- "I always knit everything flat, then seam + I think it's because I came from a sewing background, so it's easier for me to visualize things that way and make changes to a pattern."
- "I know I'm the oddball here (and a type-A personality) but I prefer to seam my sweaters. I get great satisfaction out of perfect seams. I also like my clothes to look tailored and I like the way sweaters fit when they are seamed. I've knit one seamless sweater and it just never hangs right. Don't get me started about weaving in ends though - HATE it!"
- "I think I prefer making my sweaters in pieces - front, back, 2 sleeves - because I like the structure of seams."
- "I'm a big fan of knitting in pieces and seaming, which is probably not
the norm these days. I will convert from knitting in the round to
seamed if I can.
There are many reasons for this:
(1) If I make a mistake and have to rip, I rip back a lot less (just one back or one front piece instead of the whole body
(2) I knit English style, and I like using long straight needles so that I can prop the right one on my inner elbow. My knits and purls are about the same speed that way.
(3) I like to measure my garment as I go against existing garments as size templates, and flat pieces are much easier for comparison purposes.
(4) I don't like to carry around the entire garment when I knit. Smaller pieces are more portable.
(5) Seams do add a lot to structure and can prevent that biasing effect with large pieces.
(6) I feel like I am making good progress as I complete each piece.
(7) Simple straight seams with mattress stitch are very fast to do and I find them satisfying. But then, I like finishing work -- good finishing makes the garment."
For In the Round:
- "I don't mind seaming at all, but I do mind doing things more than once. Knitting in the round means that what's done is done, and I don't have to knit two (or three) almost identical bits."
- "Not everyone is a process knitting (blasphemy, I know) and seamless knitting makes getting that end product that much faster."
- "I knit mostly in the round for sizing purposes. I'm outsized and curvy so anything that needs to be seamed means trying to fit medium backs to large fronts/sleeves or something."
- "I think the main reason I prefer seamless knits is that I don't like finishing. I like my garment to be done very soon after I finish knitting, rather than another 20% of the work being the assembling. It's that rather than the act of seaming that I object to. Secondly, knitting in the round usually means less purling, which is always a plus."
- "for some reason whenever I see a pattern that calls for seaming, I think the designer is not a real knitter. I love my wool too much to waste it on seams."
- "I enjoy the illusion of efficiency that knitting in one piece give me. I do like to say that I'm too lazy to be inefficient! There's the skill that's involved in seaming, as well. While I can do it just fine (in most cases!) it's a skill I don't take all that much joy in."
- "The ability to knit in the round (or seamless) is one of the big differences between hand-knits and mass-produced knits and wovens, so that is a big plus.Also, I despise seaming, so I will make every excuse to knit seamlessly!"
- "I stopped making seamed garments and design only seamless ones at first because of the challenge but also for the intuitive nature of it. I love casting on with just a rough idea of what I want but as it grows it might become something totally different from my original idea. I couldn't do that with pieced knitting. For me it allows much more freedom."
- "You make really good points about the structure that seams provide. I knit almost exclusively in the round and I think I prefer it because of my paranoia about things not fitting properly, I like to try on as I go. I also knit almost exclusively from the top down and I like the freedom it gives to make adjustments to length and such."
- "I tend to work seamlessly because my seamed sweaters seem to linger half finished for ages because I can't seam and multitask like I can knit and multitask. Seamless knits also let me try things on as I go. Knitting in pieces means that I have to finish most of the sweater before I find out if it fits or not. Seaming can also spoil a project if it isn't done skillfully and I know a lot of knitters who find that frustrating."
- "because knitting a sweater in pieces doesn't feel like I'm knitting a sweater. It feels like I'm knitting a ranch house. :) A sweater in the round is motivating because you can see how it will look, how it will hang (not as easy, pre-seaming, for the former) and keeps you continually excited to have a real honest-to-goodness homemade sweater. Knitting it in pieces seems like more of a gamble. More abstract."
- "I think it depends on the pattern. If it is stockinette stitch, then I prefer to knit in the round. However, if there is a lace pattern or something complicated, then I prefer knitting flat pieces."
- "I appreciate the structure of seams and will do so when it makes sense, but I also dislike purling and enjoy how quickly I can knit in the round. Also, stranded work is extremely unpleasant to me when knitting flat."
- "I feel the same as you about seams- they are the framework of a good sweater! But the whole top-down try-it-on-as-you-go thing can be mighty reassuringing. The only construction I don't especially like is bottom-up in the round. Whenever I make one I constantly wonder why the designer didn't go top down, lol!"
- "I like knitting in the round too, primarily because I don't usually swatch, so I like to block and try on things as I go along. It does sometimes get heavy/bulky, so that is a disadvantage. For sleeves, I prefer to knit them flat because they're fiddly in the round."
- "I knit slowly, and my purling is that little bit slower, so I appreciate a pattern that spares me the excessive purling! That said, I rarely change a pieced pattern to knit in the round. A good-looking seam can be very satisfying!"
- "I knit everything in the round because I don't like how seams look on the inside... reminds me of machine knit things sewn together and feels less special in a way. I love weaving in ends and making them invisible and to me a seam takes away the "magic" of the inside of a garment. I love seamless top down and bottom up. I design/improvise a lot of *really* fitted dresses and so I also want to get through the dresses as quickly as possible with a tight flattering fit and room to experiment on my whims without worrying if it will fit later after finishing."
- "I do a lot of seaming with the toys I make, and the practice definitely makes a difference in the amount of time it takes, and the finished appearance. That and mattress stitch, which is awesome. I wonder if many of the people who avoid seaming do so because they lack a bit of practice, or maybe they don't know of all the nifty ways to join knitted pieces? I also do a lot of knitting in the round, so I keep those skills sharp too. So, I guess I tend to use whichever method works best for the project in hand, since I'm comfortable with both."
- "I feel much the same as you. I prefer seams in a garment, but I also prefer knitting in the round. On my Noyaux dress, I ended up knitting it in the round and adding seams for structure when it was finished. I think I may do this more often, in an attempt to obtain the best of both worlds."
- "I come down purely on the side of laziness. Some of my aversion to seaming probably also comes from a (largely false) conviction that I'm "bad" at sewing and I should stick to the knitting skill I feel confident about."
Now to the FO: Fiddlehead Mittens!
The mittens have been done for at least a week or so, and I'm in love with them- I've worn them every single day. I did a single crochet chain to make a mitten string (losing one mitt terrifies me), and I also added a k1 p1 ribbed cuff. the cuff gives my wrists an extra bit of protection against cold winter winds from sneaking up my sleeve. I wish I had grabbed a photo of them without my hand stuffed in them (so you could see the cuff), but it was the second time we had to re-shoot the mitts due to poor lighting- So tough to get good outdoor light during these super short days!