Recently a knitter asked me about how to seam the Peacock sweater. Great question, Beryl! Especially since the seams are all wavy as the peacock lace stitch distorts the rows of knitting, making them move and dance across the row. Naturally you don’t want a scalloped shoulder seam; the same goes for the armholes. The ideal is for the seams to be straight.
To avoid unsightly scalloped seams, literally sew a straight line across the shoulder seams and sleeve tops. Don’t be tempted to follow the bind-off edges. For these seams I really like crocheting them together with slip stitch because it’s easier to match the two sides up stitch by stitch. When I open the seam the two pieces match up perfectly with a mirror image of all the increases and decreases in the lace stitch pattern.
Pin the pieces with right sides together. Lie the crochet hook along the seam to see where the path for your stitches should be.
Insert the hook into a stitch (it’s fine if it’s a few rows below the bind-off edge). In this photo, the hook is going through the stitch between the two yarnovers and it’s about five rows down.
Insert the hook into the same stitch on the back piece.
Draw the yarn through both pieces of fabric with the crochet hook and slip it through the loop already on the crochet hook.
One stitch completed.
Here are front and back views of a line of stitches in a contrasting colour so they’re easier to see.
Back view of the same slip stitch crocheted seam.
Completed shoulder seam, both inside and out.
Sleeve Top Seam
Joining the bind-off edge at the top of the sleeve to the armhole selvedge is similar to the shoulder seam. The seam line should create a straight line across the top of the sleeve and should not follow the meandering bind-off edge.
Here are front and back shots of the armhole seam.
Take special care to follow along the space between columns of stitches along the straight selvedge edge on the body. Be sure to join the pieces one stitch in from the edge.
Here’s a shot of a messy seam that sometimes goes in an extra half stitch or more from the edge. See how much nicer the carefully stitched seam is by contrast?