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  • Your sweater is looking beautiful! I love those tones.
    Those clips have been on my Amazon wishlist for ages, and seeing them used for this purpose is another good reason to buy them – thanks!

  • As a longtime sew-er (so much so that “sewist” feel funny), I’m wondering if you need to state the obvious here: right sides together, seaming on the wrong side? Looks fab! Ann Weaver is also one of my faves. XXO

  • I’ve been doing something similar for years, but the MacGuyver version: wee little binder clips. Chances are, if you’re me, you’re going to lose those little clippies that are rather expensive, so I just buy a little box of binder clips when I stroll through Target or wherever. I have them hanging around for this purpose (and also their intended usage), and don’t have to worry about whether I’ll have enough of them.

    • Binder clips are a great substitute, and I’ve used them in the past. But I will not lose my Clovers; they are in a Bonne Maman jar in a highly visible spot of honor. The flat side and lack of sharp edges on the Clovers makes them particularly good for knitwear.

  • Good morning ladies … OMG … mentioned on the blog … I almost fainted! Well … ok … ok … I was delighted indeed … the wonder clips are a MUST … fabulosity and practicality beyond measure … as for the placement … excellent as suggested when you have stripes to line up … but if not … the pinch the middle pinch the middle is the way to go! The Alabama Chanin stitch book takes that approach as well! And as Maggi mentioned above … I do always seam from the RIGHT SIDE … then I can see what’s going on and don’t have to keep flipping things to see what it looks like … also gives me the mattress stitch with more stretch than the back stitch. Can’t wait to see you model it … fabulously in some manner as previously suggested in the skirts cum pullovers post … perhaps over the full length Alabama Chanin skirt? Or the wrap skirt? Do kiss Olive on the nose … happiest of holidays to all!!!

    • Wait, what? “seam from the RIGHT SIDE … then I can see what’s going on and don’t have to keep flipping things” – What? How?

      • Only works for mattress stitch. If you clip them in on the right side, you could then use mattress stitch. Not sure even I am enough of a mattress stitch devotee to do this.

        • I am. I despise sewing from the wrong side and then discovering that I have somehow folded or pleated the material into the seam, or slipped one piece of fabric relative to the other so that the garment is all awry. Mattress stitch all the way, baby.

        • The real trick is avoiding sewing the sleeve on inside out. Don’t ask me how I know. And that tip applies for mattress or backstitch

        • Tip of the Day, Barbara! Believe me, I check twice before I starting clipping on the clips.

        • Kay … maybe we should do a video on how to do this sort of seaming from the right side with easing and clip in the middle and bla bla bla … so very useful and a most polished outcome!!! And split the edge stitch if a stockinette stitch border … oh … I could go on and on and on!!! Kiss Olive on the nose!

  • Thanks for this. I’m going to be finishing up a sweater soon (I hope), and I needed this!

  • Do we find these in the quilting department? They sound like must haves.

    • Yes, in the sewing department. But I’ve started to see them at knitting stores.

  • No need to run around to find them lovely clips … click and buy right here on amazon … http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ZKPWUO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B004ZKPWUO&linkCode=as2&tag=masondixonkni-20&linkId=NBKDXGPNKJ26RLXI

  • I really appreciate the detailed instructions on how to use these clips. I have a brioche sweater that is constructed the same way and I’ve been dreading and putting off the seaming. Several years ago at Stitches East I found the same item called Knit Klips. It came 5 to a pack for $6.99. Package says distributed by Kelly Klip, Inc. 132 Woodhaven Drive, Sarver, PA 16055. I don’t know if Clover assumed the patent but it is virtually the same item. I really appreciate the detailed instructions on how to use these clips because to date, the package has remained unopened.

  • Must. Get. Immediately. That is all.

    • Agree!

  • I tend to use my sewing brain to assemble garments, as usually the knitting instructions are somewhat lacking. Matching seams, and easing in as you go … Just like fabric. So I did a “whoa” when in Step 2 you said “clip as you go” because in sewing you can clip (literally clip with a scissor) seams that are curved and need a little assistance lining up. Though I am at a bit of a loss as to what word would have been better … (Attach?) Maybe it is the 60 degree weather here in NJ!

    Also, awaiting a new supply of Wonder Clips that were an Amazon Lightning special the other day — the Husbeast saw the confirmation e-mail and asked “you ordered something. What do they do?” Little does he know …

    And I Love Love Love your sweater. The

  • That is a beautiful sweater!!!

  • http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ZKPX8A?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    RED 50 pack under $15!
    in my cart now… thanks so much for this!

  • I ❤️ my Wonder Clips. Wait till you have to put in a zipper – Clover Wonder Clips will save all sorts of frustration!!

  • These sound so much better than the (incredibly fragile) orchid clips I’ve been using. In fact, as I type this, DD and DH are headed out the door to they to snag a pack for me at our local JoAnn so I can finally finish DGS’s Tuxedo Sweater. My usual “pin to an exercise roller” method is not possible with this tiny thing. (In case you’re wondering, pool noodles crumble when pins are inserted.) Otherwise, I’ll order through Amazon Smile, same great products and service with the added bonus of a donation to my favorite charity. There are many, many charities to choose from and if your favorite charity is not listed you can nominate them.

  • I have one package of Clover Clips for small sewing projects. Clearly one needs more than one package! I am in Clover Clip deficit!

  • Kay,

    Totally appreciate this post, especially the disclaimer, as I can absolutely relate. My experience with knitting garments with sleeves has been with baby sweaters (and it has been a while ). Would absolutely LOVE a video, as suggested by Ina+Pokey+Stella.

    Your sweater is lovely, Kay. Can’t wait to see it modeled!

    LoveDiane