October 18th, 2013

On the bookshelf this week: The Art of Seamless Knitting

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Did you know that November is NaKniSweMo – National Knit a Sweater Month? That means it’s the perfect time to give away a copy of The Art of Seamless Knitting by Simona Merchant-Dest and Faina Goberstein

This book walks you through the ins and outs of seamless knitting with chapters on lace, cables and textured stitches as well patterns worked with top-down and bottom-up construction. You’ll find pullover and cardigan sweaters as well as accessories and loads of tips and tricks for increasing and decreasing in pattern.

Leave a comment below and tell us why you’d love to make a seamless sweater and you could win a copy! All comments must be posted by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Please make sure to leave us a way to contact you if you win! The winner will be drawn randomly and posted here the following day.

Edited, Wednesday October 23, 2013:

And our Winner is –  Carmen who said, “I would love to make a seamless sweater. I have yet to finish a sweater for myself because I’m too worried about how I’m going to put it all together!”

Congratulations Carmen! Keep an eye on your inbox, we’ll be contacting you soon.


Marketing Coordinator at WEBS - America's Yarn Store
Sara learned to knit and crochet as a child and added spinning and weaving to her skills after being hired at WEBS in 2007. While crochet is her #1 love, she is also very fond of her husband and 2 daughters.

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  • aqf

    I love knitting seamless sweaters, but could use more tips on customizing fit, especially at the armholes. (aliceq on ravelry)

  • Deb

    I love knitting seamless sweaters because when the knitting is done, the sweater is done!

  • Kate

    I prefer knitting seamless sweaters because I don’t enjoy sewing pieces together. I knit all the pieces of a cardigan in three weeks in January, but never got around to finishing the thing until August!
    chalimar16 on Ravelry

  • Beth w

    Sewing and finishing are the worst part (in my mind) to the finished product. If I don’t have to weave in ends or sew up seams, I’m a much happier knitter. Case in point–the one sweater that I knit for myself and still wear had very little sewing necessary

  • Judy M

    Would love to make a sweater. Never tried them before but seamless sounds like a neat idea.

  • Michelle McMillen

    Because I don’t love seaming, that’s why! And I seriously need to jump on the NaKniSweMo bandwagon; I’d better start preparing!

  • Sandy Foster

    I’ve never done a seamless sweater before and would love to try. The photos you’ve posted here are beautiful, and I’d have a difficult time choosing which one to begin with! :)

  • Amanda

    I love seamless sweaters! Sewing pieces together is not very fun for me.

  • Sheila

    I like seamless sweaters because when you’re done with the fun part (the knitting, duh), you’re done. No months of sweater pieces sitting in a bag waiting to be seamed together.

  • Wendy TC

    I always try to convert a knitting pattern to eliminate as many seams as possible. I HATE SEAMING! (Sorry for shouting…). This would be a wonderful addition to my knitting library. Thanks for the give-away,

  • Kelly H.

    This fall, it seems, is sweater mania for me. I’ve got 4 in my project bags, in various stages of doneness, plus another 2 in the sidelines and a Sister-In-Law (knitworthy) who’s just inquired about me knitting her one, too! Seamless sweaters just work best for me – one less, fiddly step means less time and frankly I prefer the stretchiness of non-sewn seams anyways.

  • Pauline S

    Why seamless? So you can try on as you go and NOT have to sew!

  • Jeannette Hansen

    If the other sweaters are as gorgeous as these two, I need this book. I don’t mind seaming, but would rather skip that part if possible.

  • Patti Weeks

    All the fun, none of the necessary evils!

  • Barb Thames

    I love seamless garments of any kind; or conversely, I hate seaming. It’s not one of my best skills so I do my best to avoid it entirely — and that includes Kitchener stitch. Nothing I seam or close ever seems to look it’s best.

  • Melissa D. Hellman

    I dislike seaming, so I strongly prefer seamless sweaters (and seamless everything else!) unless there’s a reeeeally good reason for a seam.

  • Guest

    Seaming is an art. I’d rather admire the lovely work that others may do and take the seamless way out for myself.

  • Barb

    I love to work on circular needles and try to avoid seems on everything. However, I have not dared try this on a sweater because fit is so important and I don’t trust my math enough to try. This book would truly help.

  • Hind Del Pilar

    It would be great to make a seamless sweater that fits.

  • Mary Fran Olson

    Oh, wow. I have four sweaters worth of yarn (bought from Webs, of course) and I’ve been hemming and hawing over patterns and which to start. I need this book because I hate seaming!

  • joanne

    One seamless sweater completed…and once the few tails are woven in…it is Done!

  • Rachelle Crosbie

    I love seamless sweaters simply because once they come off the needles they’re pretty much done aside from the ends and blocking. sewsable on Rav

  • Kitten With A Whiplash

    I’m one of those “make it up as you go” kniters, because somethimes the yarn doesn’t tell you what it wants to be until you’ve worked with it a while. Seamless construction is always such a plus when working this way, and I’d love to have some expert guidance for my future designs. Thanks for the giveaway. KittenWhiplash on rav.

  • Mimi

    There’s beauty in the efficiency of seamless knitting, both art and science.

  • Sharon M2

    I don’t care how hard someone tries to convince me seams are important for fit and stability! Who wants to sew up sweater parts ? I’d rather just knit and be done. toomanyufos on rav

  • Jaimie

    I hate seaming. Knowing how to convert a pattern to seem less would be very helpful. :)

  • Karina

    Like many of the others here, I hate seaming and sewing in ends. I know there are some interesting and different techniques that I could learn from thinking through a pattern without seams. I’m all for it! Thanks for offering it!

  • Elle

    I don’t mind weaving in ends, but despite several seaming classes, I’m just not a very good sewer. Seaming turns my lovely hand-crafted sweaters into so-so “home-made” sweaters. This book sounds perfect.

  • ADroz

    I find seamless sweaters much more intriguing to knit than knitting in pieces – I actually don’t mind seaming, but I love seeing the structure develop organically from increases/decreases rather than being imposed from without with seams. (adronzek on rav)

  • sara

    Seamless is so much more of a challenge and I love it!!!! Ravelry name slimysara or slimysara@yahoo.com

  • Heather HS

    I would love to make any sweater and a seamless one sounds easier!

  • bergamom

    I enjoy seamless knitting, it’s actually creating a garment (rather than just fabric pieces that later have to be sewn.) I would enjoy learning more seamless techniques. I am bergamom on Ravelry.

  • Sarah from Ctown

    I’ve made 1 top down seamless top and really enjoyed the process. I loved being able to try it on as I went to ensure I had fit it correctly. As someone relatively new to garment knitting it gives me a little more confidence. Thanks for a chance to win!

  • af

    I love being able to try on the piece without pinning together all the pieces first. Thanks for the chance. I’m guppymommy on rav.

  • Ginny

    I loathe seaming knits. Even with better techniques (mattress stitch ) I never thought the seams looked good. This looks like a very helpful book.

  • Mimi Fan

    I learned how to knit with pieced knitting, and this technique will be much faster and easier – maybe more knitted garments then!

  • cnuland

    I would love to make a seamless sweater. I have yet to finish a sweater for myself because I’m too worried about how I’m going to put it all together!