The first step was to seam the right shoulder, then knit the neck band. Since the shoulders looked small I decided to work the shoulder seam free hand.
Disappointed, I ripped out the seam and took the step of clipping the front and back together how I wanted them to meet.
I removed the stitch markers as I encountered them while I worked across the shoulder.
(People usually ask about my pretty stitch markers. The cat one I made at a local bead store. The Golden Retriever markers are from the WeeOnes shop on Etsy.)
With the first shoulder seamed, I quickly knit the neck and arm edgings. The second shoulder was easier since I had learned my lesson and clipped first!
Then it was on to the side seams, which I always clip first. First I clipped the hem, then the underarm, then I counted eyelets and clipped the sides.
Working mattress stitch on the reverse stockinette fabric was deceptively easy. I just bounced back and forth from one purl bump to the next.
I love invisible seams. It’s so cool to watch them come together.
The pattern calls for the sweater to be 27″ long. Deciding that was too long, I planned to shorten it to 19″ or 20″. My sweater clocked in at 18″, which was not a good look on me.
A simple solution is to pick up along the cast on edge and extend the bottom garter hem down. That shouldn’t take long. Afterwards I’ll be on to weaving in hems and blocking.
What tips do you have to make seaming easier?