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table of contents chapter 19 (of 29)

19: Stitch to Stitch or Horizontal Seams (cont.)

To join the shoulder of a garment, you can make a seam by casting off two pieces together. This method makes a nice supple seam, and matches the stitches perfectly. Some knitters find it hard to handle three needles at the one time, but it is just a matter of a little practice.

Instead of casting off the first shoulder, transfer the stitches to a spare needle and cut the thread. This leaves the thread end at the knob end of the needle. When you finish the second shoulder which is going to be joined to the first shoulder that you have worked, place the two pieces together, with the right sides of the work together, and with the wrong side of the first piece facing you and the second piece at the back. The two needles should be together with the two knobs at the left side. The thread from the first piece will be near the knobs and the thread from the second piece is at the right side, ready to use [pic 23].

23: The position of needles, knitting and threads when about to start to join by using the cast-off method.

With the third needle, start casting off as usual, putting the needle through a stitch from the front piece and then the back piece and treating them as one stitch [pic 24].

24: Casting off working together a stitch from the back and front pieces.

This makes a very smooth and pliable shoulder seam. It works perfectly whether you are a working on a straight or stepped shoulder seam [pic 25, 26].

25: The stitches match perfectly on the right side.

26: The back of the seam is extremely fine and very flexible.

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