Sweater Three, Installment One: Striped Boatneck Sweater

This is going to be a short, fast one.  Just like Jasper, I was making this one for my daughter H before she was born, and now she's way too big but it will still be good for a baby gift for someone else.  Just the sleeves left to seam, so this should be a quick one to finish.

It's the Striped Boatneck Sweater from Nikki Van De Car's What To Knit When You're Expecting (Ravelry)

 Poor sad undone gaping sleeve seams...

Poor sad undone gaping sleeve seams...

I do have to say that I really used to dislike seaming, but then I figured out it was because I didn't know how to do it properly.  Once I had the chance to sit down with a book (Vogue Knitting's Ultimate Knitting Book, if I recall correctly), a tapestry needle, and a piece of knitting, I went slowly and figured it out.  And getting a nice-looking product made a huge difference to my attitude toward seaming; now instead of dreading it, I -- well, I wouldn't say I look forward to it, but I treat it more like a critical step in finishing a knitted garment, and a step that I'm more careful to do properly.  After all, there's no sense spending hours lovingly knitting a garment, only to do the finishing steps poorly. 

Is there any knitting technique that you used to dread only because you didn't know how to do it properly?