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Seaming Beyond the Basics

with John Brinegar
Seaming Beyond the Basics
Banish your finishing fears to seam even the most sophisticated knitting projects with complete confidence.

Discover an accessible and enlightening approach to seaming virtually any knitting project with designer John Brinegar. Highlight your finishing with decorative seams such as the single-lock suture, double-lock suture and continuous suture. Master the mattress stitch for invisible seams, plus use it to finish projects worked in tricky yarns and textures such as mohair and lace. Learn to seam regular shoulder seams and stair-stepped shoulder seams, and seam a perfect shoulder line in cables and lace. Ease unequal pieces of fabric together and set in textured sleeves with no stress. Finish your most daring feats of knitting with professional-looking seams and no finishing frustrations! 

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Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, knitwear designer John Brinegar, learn the basics of seam construction and set yourself up for success!


Lesson 2. Decorative Stitches

  • Suture stitches in a contrasting color can add an intriguing finishing touch to your knits. John explains how to find the correct edge stitches and walks you through the single-lock, double-lock and continuous suture stitches. Try it with raffia, ribbon or leather!


Lesson 3. Mattress Stitch

  • The mattress stitch binds garter-stitch edges together invisibly or shows a decorative row of knit stitches if you've created a selvage. Working with mohair or lace? John shows you how to tackle those tricky fabrics, too.


Lesson 4. Shoulder Seams

  • If you've avoided knitting sweaters with shoulder seams, here's a lesson to banish your fear! John walks you through the basic shoulder-seaming technique that creates the least amount of bulk. If you are using mohair or have cables or lace patterns that meet up at the shoulder, no problem! You'll learn how to match those stitches perfectly for a smooth transition.


Lesson 5. Setting In a Sleeve

  • Setting in a sleeve can seem tricky, but John makes it logical with his step-by-step instructions. Learn how to attach unequal lengths of fabric to each other as with a sleeve cap, then see that process in action on an actual sleeve. John shows how to manage cabled sleeves and lace sleeves as well.


Lesson 6. Seaming Adventures

  • When seaming non-stretchy fabrics such as silk or cotton, you'll want to take extra care. John demonstrates how to seam diagonal edges on silk or use a crochet hook to create a seam without stress. You might have wildly different patterns to match, but John helps you make sense of the process. Finally, have some fun with your seams by embellishing them with the hover mattress stitch, leather seams or even metal rings!

"John has such a calm approach to seaming, plus easy, concise instructions. He takes the fear away from making sweaters in pieces!"
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Jefferson City, MT

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