These tutorials will turn your panic over seaming and weaving into successes!
Do you avoid seaming knitting? Do you go out of your way to avoid patterns that call for seaming?
When you see that dreaded word “seam,” does your heart sink? Do you make a habit of scanning a knitting pattern for terms like “knit in the round” and “seamless” and “knit in one piece”?
And when you’re finished with everything else, do you put off weaving in your ends as long as humanly possible?
Once, all of this described me. I despised seaming and actively avoided it as much as possible. I clung to my circular needles and DPNs because I would much prefer to knit my projects all in one piece. And I cringed whenever it was time to weave in my ends.
- I liked knitting a lot more than I liked sewing.
- My sewing tended to be sloppy.
- And my weaving process was nearly always a hot mess.
However, here’s a great truth about knitting: knowledge isn’t just power! Knowledge also improves your skills, and nearly anything is more enjoyable when you’re more skilled. Yes… this includes the dreaded seaming and weaving in of ends.
Below are several seaming tutorials and two truly outstanding weaving-ends tutorials. One or more (or even all!) are sure to help you gain confidence in your seaming and weaving skills!
Want to learn circular knitting? Check out my ultimate guide to circular knitting here!
How to Seam Knitting: 7 Methods: All Free Knitting offers this set of video tutorials that demonstrate 7 popular seaming methods. It also includes several patterns to help you get comfortable with these techniques — never a bad idea!
Brooklyn Tweed’s Seaming 101: I love so many things about this set of tutorials. One, it provides a list of tools you’ll need for optimal seaming. Two, it gives you an excellent set of instructions for preparing for seaming — a step that I think is skipped so often.
Finally, its tutorials are exceedingly practical. Need to seam a couple of pieces side-by-side? Brooklyn Tweed has you covered. Need to seem your pieces top-to-top? Brooklyn Tweed can help with that, too.
Very Pink Knits’ Seaming & Grafting Videos: Staci Perry’s Very Pink Knits video tutorials are among my favorites, and this collection is exceedingly thorough. If you need help seaming help not covered in the above tutorials, you’ll likely find what you need here!
Weaving in Ends: the Best Tutorials
I mentioned Very Pink Knits videos above; it should come as no surprise that her tutorial for weaving in ends is stellar.
I especially love her description of the back of a piece of knitting as “umbrellas and smiles.” When you watch the video below, you’ll see what I mean!
The Very Pink Knits tutorial is a great way to get started in truly professional-looking weaving. However, if you need to weave your ends into a piece of knitting that isn’t stockinette? That’s when you’ll want to consult the tutorial below.
This Nimble Needles tutorial offers not one, not two, but 10 different ways to weave in ends!
Be sure to keep these tutorials close the next time you knit a project that requires sewing up–and, of course, to weave in your ends. You’ll soon feel more confident in having a beautiful finish to your projects!