This shawl project from Rowan’s latest book “40 Years” turned out beautifully. I made some yarn substitutions for the striped edges, using leftover DK from my yarn stash. It took some thinking as to the best method of seaming the corners of this squarish shawl. I first used an overcast stitch, then tried the mattress stitch, but I didn’t like the seaming yarn showing on the right side. Because of the striped pattern, any color of yarn I chose was visible when using either of these seaming stitches. So I decided to try a decorative crochet seam, using the main color yarn, and loved the result. Below I describe how to use the two most basic crochet stitches to seam pieces together, slip stitch and single crochet (sc). You don’t need to be an experienced crocheter to make these simple seams.
Slip Stitch Crochet
This seam is worked from the wrong sides of the knit fabric. With the right sides together, line up and pin the edge to be seamed. Use a similar size of crochet hook as the knitting needles you used to knit the project. To start, insert the hook through both thicknesses (you can work this seam any distance from the edge). Catch the yarn and draw a loop through. *Insert the hook again, making sure all your stitches are the same distance from the edge and even. Draw the loop through both sections and the loop on the hook. Repeat from * to finish the seam.
Decorative Single Crochet
This is the method I worked to seam the four corners of my shawl. A single crochet seam is worked on the right side of the fabric. Line up your edges, and for this shawl I had to make sure the stripes were evenly aligned. To start, insert the hook into the inside loop from each edge of the pieces. Catch the yarn and pull a loop through for the first stitch. *Insert hook through the next two loops from each edge; I took a stitch row for row to line up the stripes. Catch the yarn and pull it through both loops. Catch the yarn again, and pull through both loops on the hook. One sc completed. Repeat from * to end.
To alleviate the seaming yarn from showing on the right side, I felt a single crochet seam was the best choice for my shawl. Using this decorative seam altered the design a bit, but I liked the result. Crochet seams are easy to work, and sometimes are the right option for your project.