Mattress stitch

To get an invisible seam use mattress stitch.This is worked from the right side, making it easier to match patterns such as fair isle, and shaping details, like on a sleeve. Place the two pieces to be joined side by side on a flat surface.

Secure the yarn by weaving it down the edge of one of the pieces, bringing it to the front on the first row between the corner stitch and the second stitch. On the opposite edge, insert the needle from back to front on the first row between the corner stitch and the second stitch.Take the needle back to the first edge and insert it from back to front through the same hole. Pull the yarn up tight to draw the pieces together.

Joining two pieces of stockinette (stocking) stitch

Work row by row and use for vertical seams like side and sleeve seams. Secure the yarn as given above.Take the needle across to the opposite side and insert it into the first row again from front to back, take it under the horizontal strand of the row above and pull the yarn through.Take the needle across to the other edge, insert the needle into the first row again from front to back and take it under the horizontal strands of the two rows above. Pull the yarn through. Insert the needle into the first edge again, in the same hole that the yarn came out of and take it under the horizontal strands of the two rows above. Continue zigzagging between the edges, working under two rows each time. Pull the yarn up every few stitches to draw the seam together; not too tightly, the seam should not pucker the fabric.

Joining ribs

This is worked row by row. In kl, p I rib work through the centre of the first stitch so that half a stitch is taken up on each side. Work under one row at a time. Pull the seam together and a whole stitch will be formed, so the rib is not interrupted by the seam. In k2. p2 rib work as given for st st, taking up a whole stitch to keep the rib correct.

Joining two pieces of reverse stockinette (stocking) stitch Work row by row and use for vertical seams like side and sleeve seams. Join the lower edges and work as above but instead of working under two strands, work under one strand only. Insert the needle from front to back under the horizontal strand of the row above and pull the yarn through.Take the needle across to the other edge and insert it from front to back under the top loop of the second stitch.Take the needle back to the other edge and work under the strand of the row above. Continue in this way, inserting the needle under the top loop of the second stitch on one edge and under the horizontal strand between the first and second stitches on the other edge. One side of the seam takes in one and half stitches and the other takes in one stitch but this weaves the rev st st together so the seam is invisible.

Joining two pieces of garter stitch

This is worked row by row the same way as for reverse stockinette (stocking) stitch, working under the top loop of a stitch on one side and the horizontal strand between stitches on the other side.

Joining two bound (cast) off edges

Work stitch by stitch and use for shoulder seams. Lay the two pieces, one above the other, with the bound (cast) off edges together Weave the yarn through a few stitches on the bottom piece to secure it. Bring the needle to the front through the centre of the first stitch of the row below the bound (cast) off edge. Take the needle up to the top piece and insert the needle through the centre of the first stitch and bring it out in the centre of the next stitch.Take the needle back down to the bottom piece and insert it into the same hole, and bring it up in the centre of the next stitch.Take the needle back to the top piece and insert the needle into the same hole and bring it out in the centre of the next stitch. Pull the yarn up tight to hide the bound (cast) off edges. Continue in this way, and the seam will resemble a new row of stitches.

Joining bound (cast) off stitches to rows

Use for sewing a sleeve into an armhole. Lay the pieces flat with the edges together. Secure the end of the yarn to the bound (cast) off edge. Bring the needle out through the centre of the first stitch of the row below the bound (cast) off edge. Take the needle up to the row piece and insert it under one horizontal strand between the first and second stitches. Insert the needle into the same place on the bound (cast) off piece and bring it out through the centre of the next stitch. Continue in this way, pulling the yarn tight to close the seam.There are usually more rows than stitches so one stitch cannot always be sewn to one row. Pin the pieces together carefully and pick up two horizontal strands every so often to take in the extras rows.

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    How to mattress stitch garter stitch?
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