I made a single line of slip-stitch crochet around the necks of a couple of sweaters in order to reinforce their seams. I did this because I was annoyed with how my new Fleurette sweater was slipping around a bit on my shoulders, so I found an easy way to strengthen those areas. Obviously the master of the subject is the TECHKnitter but the Yarn Harlot also had some good tips about it. This isn’t a tutorial for crochet reinforcement; just mentioning that it seems to be working.
I only reinforced the back of my Fleurette, but I crocheted around the entire neck of my Snowflake sweater by Tin Can Knits because that thing constantly falls down my shoulders. Well, guess what – it doesn’t have a seam at the neckhole! (obviously, it has the cast-on edge, but I guess I made it too stretchy) I didn’t think much of it when I was knitting it, but once I “made” a seam, the fit was like night and day. I’ll have to wear it around for a day to see how it settles, but it felt a lot more secure on my shoulders.
It’s funny how something so small makes such a difference. So far I’ve made mostly seamed sweaters, but even their “bones” can use a bit of reinforcement. I like the idea of in-the-round seamless pullovers, but I think knitted fabric, especially hand-knitted fabric, needs seams to keep it all together. I might use Karen Templer’s suggestion in the future when knitting a seamless sweater, by adding a column of purl stitches and then sewing that up with mattress stitch later for an “afterthought seam.” Well, I guess if I thought of it beforehand, it wouldn’t be an afterthought.