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llamafiber4
Chatty Knitter

USA
110 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2011 :  10:31:07 AM  Show Profile Send llamafiber4 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've made the Loose Knit Swing Cardigan I'm ready to sew it together, I want to use the best method with this yarn it's Alpaca Prime by Plymouth Yarns.

Debiie
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flicka
Seriously Hooked

879 Posts

Posted - 01/12/2011 :  10:22:59 AM  Show Profile Send flicka a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My go-to source for finishing is Nancie Wiseman's "Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques". A big volume like "Vogue Knitting" will also have that information, but the Wiseman book is handy in size and spiral bound to lie flat. It's well worth buying.

flicka
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sockjoan
Warming Up

Australia
60 Posts

Posted - 01/13/2011 :  03:42:09 AM  Show Profile Send sockjoan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You can't go past Ladder Stitch for neat seams, though shoulders would be better done with careful backstitch (on the wrong side) if you didn't cast them off together in the first place. My favourite resource book is Montse Stanley's "Handknitter's Handbook".
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knitonepurltoo
New Pal

47 Posts

Posted - 01/13/2011 :  05:13:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit knitonepurltoo's Homepage Send knitonepurltoo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I highly recommend Berroco's technique videos, including joining shoulder seamsand mattress stitch. My best advice is probably "don't rush" - once you've blocked your pieces and are ready to sew them together, enjoy the process and be patient. I actually came to love sewing up once I realized that the time and effort I was putting into it was really paying off.

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vmcphers@rochester.rr.com
New Pal

2 Posts

Posted - 01/13/2011 :  07:00:39 AM  Show Profile Send vmcphers@rochester.rr.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Always put together on the public side so you can see how your work actually looks.

And . . . enjoy the process.

v-
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churchlady
Warming Up

Canada
81 Posts

Posted - 01/13/2011 :  12:35:12 PM  Show Profile Send churchlady a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The last two knitters are right. The shoulder seams may be a bit difficult if the pattern has you binding off each piece separately, then seaming, but redoing the backstitch until you are satisfied with the seam's appearance on the right side will work. The pattern may say in which order to seam pieces, or you could sew your sleeve cap into the top of the armhole next, with the middle fold of the sleeve piece to the shoulder seam. My favorite knitting-bag sized book is "The Knitting Answer Book" M. Radcliffe. As well as Berroco's site, there are many videos on Youtube and elsewhere that show how to finish your sweater step by step.
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CyndyABA
New Pal

USA
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Posted - 01/13/2011 :  9:02:39 PM  Show Profile Send CyndyABA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I suggest a look at Margaret Fisher's book, 7 Things That Make or Break a Sweater. She has very helpful discussiona of seaming that make seaming almost invisible. Different parts of the sleeve, for example, benefit from different methods. In fact, I highly recommend working your way through her whole book while knitting a charming baby cardigan. It has been invaluable for my knitting.
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