I think I can. I think I can.

It’s knitted.

shadow pieces

And blocked.

And ready to rock 🙂

So this morning I started in on sewing it up.

First I did a little research online on preferred techniques.

Then I worked up some courage and set out to sew the first shoulder seam.


I think it turned out pretty well. But it wasn’t as straightforward as expected.
I mean, I get the grafting idea.
But somehow the purls really threw me.
The shoulder edge stitches were purls.

Yeah, tricky.

Once I finally got it figured out, I probably should have gone on and done the other shoulder seam, but I was anxious to give the sleeve a try.

Here’s the setup-

shadow Shoulder pre-seaming

Now the sleeve is an interesting challenge.
It’s part graft, part mattress stitch, sometimes at the same time.
Each stitch is a judgement call, because you’re working on a curve.


Then I found that taking a picture of a should seam is almost as hard as sewing it.

Shadow Sleeve seam

But I guess if you can’t really see it, then it’s good, right?

Shadow is now half-sleeved!

That’s where I left it today.

So far so good.


    • sheepsclothing

      thanks Donna. I think the thing to remember is, if it isn’t working you can always take the stitches out and try again. Took me a number of do-overs to get some of those stitches reasonably tidy. Good luck!

  1. Jody

    Hi Denise, One of the main reasons why I shy away from knitting sweaters is the seaming part. Spinning enough yarn for a sweater is such a big time investment too.
    It would be wonderful to have a beautiful handspun sweater like yours. I don’t think you would ever feel the cold in it 🙂

    • sheepsclothing

      Thanks Jody- while I’m pretty psyched that this is turning out well, I definitely prefer the knit-all-in-one-piece methods. Top-down or bottom-up, as long as there’s no sewing to do at the end!

  2. sheepsclothing

    Yeah, I think you definitely want to block first, at least the first time you’re going to do this assembly thing. Makes it a little easier to keep the pieces aligned. Good luck!


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