No More Seaming: Join As You Knit!

This swatch shows the completed technique of joining as you knit.     

If you do a poll of 100 knitters, I'll bet seaming comes up most as the least-loved knitting technique. It's true, seaming can be tedious. It can take a long time. And, if done poorly, it can ruin your whole project! Believe me, I know.

I happen to enjoy the monotony of seaming. The repetitiveness of it is perfect for knitting group—I seam along while laughing with my friends, and soon I'm done! I also find it a good activity to do while I'm watching TV.

But I admit, I'm not the average knitter, and many of you will do anything to avoid a lot of seaming. Knitting a sweater in one piece, is a great way to avoid a boatload of seaming, as is knitting in the round. But sometimes, there's no alternative to seaming.

To make it easier, Lily Chin has put together an in-depth video workshop about seaming as you knit: Join As You Go Knitting! That's right—you actually join the pieces as you knit them. Pretty fab, don't you think?

Here's a quick overview of how to knit on to the right side of an existing piece of knitting:

Step 1: Pull out a length of yarn that's three times longer than the height of the existing piece of knitting (in this case, the striped swatch). This will be your tail. Using a circular or double-pointed needle, pick up stitches along the right edge; pick up  one stitch every other row. Step 2: Slide the picked-up stitches to the other end of on the needle so you're ready to knit with the working yarn (the end attached to the ball).

Use the knitted cast-on to cast on the number of stitches you'll need for your new piece.

Step 3: Knit back to the picked-up stitches. Join the new piece to the old piece by knitting the last cast-on stitch to the first picked-up stitch, through the back loop (k2togTBL). Turn your work. Slip the first stitch and purl to the end of the row. Repeat, k2togTBL on each right-side row and slipping the first stitch on each wrong-side row. Voila! You've joined two pieces together while you knit. Really slick.

I've heard of this technique before, but I've never seen it demonstrated so clearly. And this little bit is just the tip of the iceberg!

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There's a lot you can do with this technique, two DVD's worth, in fact! Hurry and get your DVD (or download!) of Join As You Go Knitting!


P.S. What do you think about this joining technique? Have you used this one or another type of join-as-you-go? Share it with us in the comments!

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