I am knitting a baby sweater from the Lion Brand website:
This is the first time I have ever knitted a sweater, even though I learned to knit as a child and have knitted on and off for most of my life. The instructions (which I'm following for the sweater I'm knitting now) say to do the back of the sweater, then the front left and front right, and all the pieces get to the point where you shape the armholes, then put all the stitches on stitch holders. Then you knit the sleeves and put them on stitch holders too. Then you knit a yoke by putting all the stitches from the various pieces back on the needles (they're raglan sleeves).
Is there any reason that, the next time I use this pattern, I can't knit the back and the fronts all together so I won't have to sew side seams? The pattern uses 67 stitches for the back, and 31 stitches each for the left and right fronts. If I cast on all the stitches at once (right front, then back, then left front) and used stitch markers so I'd know where the sections came together and where to make the proper armhole shaping, wouldn't that work?
I haven't knit many complicated pieces, but it seems to make sense that I could do this and eliminate the side-seam sewing. I'd still have to sew the sleeve seams, of course, but this wouldn't be as bad. And I think it would knit up faster.
Could any of you more experienced knitters give your opinion as to if this would work? I'd really appreciate it!