There are several methods of seaming, but we find this one, both the quickest and most successful. It is the method used for generations by the knitters of the Shetland Islands.
To work: Place the first finger of the left hand between the two pieces of knitting to be joined, holding them edge to edge, with the right side of the work facing. Secure the yarn at one edge, bringing the bodkin through to the right side. Take the bodkin (needle) to the first row of the second edge, insert it under the thread that lies between the first and second stitches and draw yarn through. Take the bodkin back to the first row of the first edge and insert it under the thread that lies between the first and second stitches and draw yarn through. Take bodkin back to second edge and insert under the next thread between the first and second stitches, and drawing yarn through. On fine work, insert needle under 2 rows at a time.
Note: always insert the bodkin back into the place, where it had previously exited on that edge. Continue in this way until the seam is complete. Seams worked in this way, should match as the number of rows being joined will be the same on each side.
After completing the knitting and before making up, pin out each piece, excepting the ribbing, with the wrong side upwards. Press lightly with a warm iron over a damp cloth. Leave to cool before taking the pins out.
Handwashing is usually preferable, but always check with the yarn labels. Wash by hand in warm water. Using a spin dryer, spin briefly without any heat to remove excess water. Lay flat on a towel and dry away from direct sunlight.
Words by Patricia Roberts
Artwork by Connie Jude