Right now I have two crochet sweaters at home in pieces. The idea of seaming and finishing them seemed daunting, until I began working on Interweave Crochet Present A Step-By-Step Guide to Garment Construction ebook. Now I am excited to start.
The three articles walk you through preparing good seams, the perfect seaming technique for different yarn weights and stitches, tips for creating the perfect seam, and how to finish your project with a great closure.
Here is an excerpt by Annette Petavy on preparing a project for seaming:
Preparing for Good Seams
You start preparing for seaming at the very moment you begin your project. The quality of your seams will depend on the quality of the edges of your fabric. Try to make your edges as neat and consistent as possible.
Be sure to block your crocheted pieces before you start seaming. Blocking will help set the shape of your pieces and can even out edges and stitches, which can help with the seaming. You can also slightly adjust the finished pieces to make them more uniform so they fit together nicely for seaming.
When your pieces are finished, make sure the pieces you're going to seam together are the same size where they meet. Don't just measure them with a measuring tape; check the pieces against one another. The edges of pieces crocheted at very different gauges or of very different dimensions won't match well enough to be seamed together neatly.
If you do find that your gauge is slightly inconsistent, however, it's more important to match numbers of rows or stitches than to have the exact same measurement within a fraction of an inch. You'll find seaming much easier if the size of the pieces and the gauge are consistent.
Study the edges of the finished pieces to determine where you will place the seam. Generally, you place a seam one stitch from the edge of each piece. One stitch, then, will be hidden in the seam. If you've turned your rows counting the turning chain as a stitch, then in every second row, the seam will run between the turning chain and the first real stitch of the row. If you've turned your rows without counting the turning chain as a stitch, the seam will always run inside the first real stitch of the row.
If your project is made in a very bulky yarn, you may want to work the seam in the center of the first stitch of each row to avoid a seam that is too thick. Also, if the stitches are particularly tall, you may want to work through rather than between the stitches.
— Part 1: Seaming by Annette Petavy
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