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WendyB
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Posted - 01/10/2005 :  2:22:49 PM  Show Profile Send WendyB a Private Message
This pattern uses a fake seam. Why? Is that considered aesthetic?

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LJ
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Posted - 01/10/2005 :  2:50:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit LJ's Homepage Send LJ a Private Message
I would guess since the pattern is knit in Lion Brand Homespun it's for support. It's a very drappy fabric and the garment might not hang well without it.

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Crey
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Posted - 01/10/2005 :  2:53:09 PM  Show Profile Send Crey a Private Message
Sounds pretty weird to me - I like it when there aren't any seams! Why in the world would you want a fake one? To make it look more like a ready made garment? - Crey

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Jax
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Posted - 01/10/2005 :  3:22:28 PM  Show Profile Send Jax a Private Message
Elizabeth Zimmermann suggested using fake seams. A couple of reasons you might do it: 1) It can help make a clean transition between front and back if you are doing some sort of patterning, particularly if you have side shaping and the patterning will look odd as it converges; and 2) It can serve as an aid in getting things lined up properly when blocking the sweater--no twisting.

That said, I've never used the phony seam.

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Jane
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Posted - 01/10/2005 :  3:22:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message
I'm making a sweater that has a phoney seam (a Braids cardigan), and it wasn't until I finished working that part that I really "got" it. It really is for support. The sweater would bag and sag if it weren't for that little extra structure. You can't really see it at all (my yarn is plain old worsted weight wool), but you can sure see why it's needed. It's a really nifty structural element that I'm going to use more often now that I've seen the result!

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Jax
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Posted - 01/10/2005 :  3:23:07 PM  Show Profile Send Jax a Private Message
Elizabeth Zimmermann suggested using fake seams. A couple of reasons you might do it: 1) It can help make a clean transition between front and back if you are doing some sort of patterning, particularly if you have side shaping and the patterning will look odd as it converges; and 2) It can serve as an aid in getting things lined up properly when blocking the sweater--no twisting.

That said, I've never used the phony seam.

Jax
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alliwenk
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Posted - 01/10/2005 :  9:03:01 PM  Show Profile  Visit alliwenk's Homepage Send alliwenk a Private Message
Seamless sweaters are great to make but can be too drapey. The phoney seam adds structure, as the others have said.

Also, it is invaluable on a seamless sleeve, as it shortens up the inside of the sleeve so that it is more wearable.

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dschmidt
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Posted - 01/11/2005 :  1:45:22 PM  Show Profile Send dschmidt a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by jcc28

I'm making a sweater that has a phoney seam (a Braids cardigan), and it wasn't until I finished working that part that I really "got" it. It really is for support. The sweater would bag and sag if it weren't for that little extra structure. You can't really see it at all (my yarn is plain old worsted weight wool), but you can sure see why it's needed. It's a really nifty structural element that I'm going to use more often now that I've seen the result!

Jane

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Don't you love that Braids pattern? It makes a beautiful cardigan.

Donna in VA
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WendyB
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Posted - 01/11/2005 :  1:51:51 PM  Show Profile Send WendyB a Private Message
Thanks. Good to know!

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Jane
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Posted - 01/11/2005 :  3:18:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message
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Originally posted by dschmidt


Don't you love that Braids pattern? It makes a beautiful cardigan.

Donna in VA



Yes, I'm really enjoying making it! I want to make another one with lighter yarn someday. I bought both patterns at the same time just in case! I am about halfway through, and I already love it -- it's Peruvian Highland Wool in the "aubergine" color.

Jane

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