Here is my completed Class Hat:
I haven’t decided exactly how to seam it, yet, so it looks like some sort of cowl/cape for a baby Superman. Normally I would just go ahead and seam it, but I’m trying to devise a relatively un-complicated method of seaming for my beginners. (If you haven’t noticed – I’m trying to stay away from a LOT of manipulation with the finishing needles. I feel it’s an unnecessary complication, when I’m trying to get people to fall in love with the craft.)
I was originally going to go with just a 3-Needle Bind-Off, but that creates an obvious ridge. On the outside- you can DEFINITELY tell it’s a seam, and I like invisible (or mostly invisible) seams. Put it on the inside, and you have a ridge rubbbing against the head. So I think I will do half a 3-needle (on the inside), and then maybe whip stitch the live stitches. It’s what you do on knitting machines, since the weighted hem you start with leaves you with live stitches on the bottom.
If anyone has any seaming suggestions, they would be welcome!
Honestly, i wish i had been taught to seam when i first learned to knit. I’ve been knitting for over 10 years now and i still avoid projects that are knit in pieces because i never learned to seam properly. Maybe it’s worth just going for it? Especially if it makes the finished product significantly nicer or more wearable
Oh- I plan to teach the class to seam and how to block; I actually consider that to be more advanced techniques.
Right now- I’m looking for something simple, that even the 8-year old student can grasp without too much difficulty. There’s only one of me and ten of them. So, something that’s going to get me pulled in ten different directions (in students seeking help) is not ideal. 3-needle bind-off, while a little strange on the juggling of three needles, is relatively simple in execution.
Ah yes that makes sense. Seems like a reasonable plan, then!
I shoulda have specified – mattress stitch or something similar. Something versatile?