Finish It! Putting Pieces Together

Finish It! sample squares joined

3-6 class hours.

Stop feeling like all the King’s horses and all the King’s men, and learn how to put sweater pieces together! This class covers all the basic skills for putting together and finishing a sweater using homework squares that represent important areas of a sweater.

Topics covered

paired decreases and their placement
invisible horizontal seaming (bound-off shoulder to shoulder)
3-needle bind off
invisible weaving for side seams (mattress stitch)
picking up stitches in stitches and rows
picking up stitches on a curved edge (neckline)
invisible vertical to horizontal seam (sleeves to body)
blocking

Materials 

  • 125 yds #3 or 4 medium or bulky weight yarn in light or bright color
  • Knitting needles appropriate for yarn
  • Third needle in same size as above if possible (can be a double-pointed or straight needle; 1 size up or down is ok)
  • Yarn needle with blunt tip
  • Stitch holders
  • Split ring markers or small coil-less safety pins

Homework

Make the following 6 “squares” before class begins:

Squares A and B Cast on 20 stitches. Work in Stockinette stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) until square measures 4 inches. Bind off.

Square P (shoulder) Cast on 20 stitches. Work in Stockinette stitch until square measures 4 inches. On next right side row, bind off 8 stitches, work to end of row. Purl 1 row. Bind off 6 stitches, work to end of row. Purl 1 row. Bind off remaining 6 stitches.

Square Q (shoulder) Cast on 20 stitches. Work in Stockinette stitch until square measures 4 inches. On next wrong side row, bind off 8 stitches, work to end of row. Knit 1 row. Bind off 6 stitches, work to end of row. Knit 1 row. Bind off remaining 6 stitches.

Square Y (neckline) Cast on 20 stitches. Work in Stockinette stitch until square measures 4 inches. On next right side row, bind off 6 stitches, work to end of row. Purl 1 row. Bind off 2 stitches,work to end of row. Purl 1 row. Bind off 2 stitches, work to end of row. Purl 1 row. You should now have 10 stitches on the needle. Put these 10 stitches on a holder.

Square Z (neckline) Cast on 20 stitches. Work in Stockinette stitch until square measures 4 inches. On next wrong side row, bind off 6 stitches, work to end of row. Knit 1 row. Bind off 2 stitches, work to end of row. Knit 1 row. Bind off 2 stitches,work to end of row. Knit 1 row. You should now have 10 stitches on the needle. Put these 10 stitches on a holder.