|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!