Unfortunately for the squeamish, lots of great projects are knit in pieces and seamed up afterward using mattress stitch – usually cardigans, purses, or split-collar sweaters.
Y’all know how much I love to knit in the round, but I won’t re-write a pattern just to avoid seaming with mattress stitch.
There’s No Need To Fear Mattress Stitch If You Just…
- Slip the first stitch of every row of your knitting to make it easier for you to see the edge and seam it up
- Block your pieces before you try to seam them so the edges don’t curl
- Use a strong yarn for seaming (it doesn’t have to be the same yarn you knitted with) – I recommend a plied yarn rather than a single-ply yarn like Noro
- Use a contrasting color of yarn so you can see what you’re doing
Here’s a tutorial on how to correctly and easily do mattress stitch, one of the most basic seaming techniques in knitting:
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Remember – if your yarn is not very strong, just seam up and pull tight one inch at a time. Blocking can also help disguise any wiggly bits.
- How To Seam Up Shoulders With The Three-Needle Bind-Off
- Keep Your Edges Clean By Slipping The First Stitch Of Every Row
If you liked this tutorial on mattress stitch, post in the comments!