Seaming is a cinch.
Perhaps not a popular opinion among knitters, but I truly believe that seaming is unfairly stigmatized. Don’t get me wrong, I love a seamless project as much as the next person, but there is a time and a place for everything. Seaming can add unrivalled structure to a garment, it can keep a massive project portable (think blanket squares!), and a seamed project can turn a very simple shape into something really clever.
Karida Collins’ Diagonal Mitts, from Field Guide No. 18: Beginnings, is a wonderful project in about a bajillion* ways …
- Want a quick gift for a friend? A pair of Diagonal Mitts is just the ticket.
- Looking for a pattern for some leftovers of beautiful hand-dyed yarn? You need some Diagonal Mitts.
- New to knitting, and want to make something simple, but super-satisfying? You guessed it, I’m going to send you to make a pair of Diagonal Mitts.
The Diagonal Mitts are knitted flat in garter stitch (so all knits, no purls!), and the beautiful squares that come off your needles transform, by the magic of seaming, into mitts. A classic example of something simple that is transformed by a few sewn stitches.
If seaming is a cinch, then seaming garter stitch is the cinchiest of cinches. Just give yourself a bit of time when you can sit and do each seam without interruption. Take your time and rewatch the video as much as you need. And don’t be afraid to pull out some stitches and try again if you need to.
Whilst I’d absolutely argue that seaming isn’t difficult, that doesn’t mean that everyone will be delighted with their work first time round. We all need to practise a little before mastering something new. Just know that you can do it!
I hope that this video will show you all the details you require to get a great finish on your Diagonal Mitts seams.
Video notes: If you are watching on YouTube, you can hover over the time bar to see the different sections of the video, which is handy if there’s a particular thing you want to re-watch. The video also has subtitles which you can display by clicking on the CC button.
Once you’ve mastered seaming garter stitch, the world will be your seaming oyster! It will be thumbs up to seaming!
So next time you look at a project and see it needs seaming, stop and give it a go! It’s much easier than you think it is. It’s just a case of giving yourself time, and trying to enjoy the process.
*OK, you’ve got me. It was three ways and not a bajillion, but I’m pretty sure that anyone who has made a pair will want to leave a comment with other ways the Diagonal Mitts are wonderful! You never know, together we might even make it to a bajillion.