Today’s topic for Friday Finishing is Mattress stitch seaming in Stockinette fabric.
Once you’ve worked your Figure 8 start to line up the cast on edges (view that blog post and video here), you are ready to work your seam.
Here is a video tutorial I made on working mattress stitch:
The keys to working a good mattress stitch seam are:
- Make sure you are picking up the bars in the correct space – the space between the columns of stitches. Moving over a half stitch to either side will ruin the look of your seam.
- Make sure you are picking up every single bar. Picking up two bars at a time will weaken the seam and make it not as attractive.
- Pull the seaming thread tight, but not too tight or the seam will pucker. Make sure there is still a bit of give to the fabric vertically along the seam.
And here is a video tutorial on finishing off the bound off edge at the seam:
Hopefully these videos help you with your seaming!
Next week we’ll cover working mattress stitch seaming in seed stitch fabric.
Until then, Happy Knitting!