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June 2023



Things That Didn’t Work

Now that the blocking is done, I have the simple task of sewing the miles of seams between the three panels.  This exercise is making me question why I didn’t just knit it all as one giant thing.  I mean, sure, it would have been nearly impossible to knit on the go, and I would have needed a much longer needle, but on the other hand?

Seaming is ridiculously boring.

Plus, the right seam for the job is not always the same seam I like to use – my go-to seam is a kind of modified mattress stitch where I use the selvage stitches as the guide for the yarn.

Mattress stitch

Turns out, when you’re seaming purling, that ends up looking a little funny.  It, er, took me a while to accept that, as the multiple inches in the seam above migt indicate.

Not to be bested, I decided to try another seam type (I’m not-so-good when it comes to the technical names for things – we’ll call this ‘seam type B’).

Seam type B

Seam type B is actually also the wrong type of seam for this project.  Very, very wrong.

I thus turned to seam type C, which I didn’t have very high hopes for, but thought I should try just in case.

Seam type c

Nope, I was right the first time.  I’ve never liked seam type C, and I’m apparently not going to start here.

So what was left?  Well, that really left only one viable option: seam type D, the fiddliest, most time consuming option of them all.

Seam type d

Seam type D it is.  Why does the fiddliest option always win?