I would like to say from the outset that I can usually sew. I love tapestry, cross stitch and quilting. I won’t say that I am fast or particularly skilled .. I started a quilt for my daughter when she was 2 and it was finished in time for her 12th birthday. Heirlooms can take time.
A few years ago when our children were small and we were living down the road from each other, Deb and I spent many, many happy hours quilting together. To this day they are still some of the merriest hours we have ever spent in each others company. The reason for this preamble though, is that when it comes to sewing up jumpers, all my skills seem to desert me.
When I reach the arms and have to knit the front separately, I leave the back stitches on the circular needle and continue on the front with normal needles. When it comes to casting off for the neck, I keep these stitches ‘live’ by placing them on a stitch holder. I repeat this for the back.
At this point, I join the shoulder seams by turning the jumper inside out and casting off the stitches of both the front and back together. This produces a very even and secure seam. Miraculously, the patterns match up - surely it's not just me that has sewn up a jumper only to discover that the pattern has gone a bit wonky. This method of construction also allows the jumper to be tried on .. albeit with a little difficulty and many anxious moments.