Seamless sweaters are everywhere, or at least that’s how it seems to me. More and more, the patterns I find myself perusing—whether for work or pleasure—share a common element: they’re constructed without seams. Top-down, bottom-up, raglans, round yokes, and set-in shoulders—all of these styles can be made without seams. But the simple fact that you can do something, doesn’t always mean it should be done. Don’t get me wrong. I like a seamless garment as much as the next knitter. The ability to fashion a three-dimensional object from one continuous strand of yarn is one of knitting’s many magical qualities. We all know that pinning pieces together and sewing seams can be tedious and time consuming. There’s certainly something to be said for casting off your last stitch to reveal a final, finished garment, but skipping seams isn’t the best approach for every design.

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