Friday Finishing Series, Techniques

Seaming Series: Using a slip knot versus Not using a slip knot

Hello!

Today I’m posting a tutorial video that was a request from a student (a while ago, so I apologize for my delay in filming this!) She asked me to show the difference between starting seams when you’ve used a slip knot versus when you haven’t used a slip knot for the long tail cast on.

I love starting my long tail cast on without a slip knot because it is faster for me. BUT, when it’s time to seam, it can be trickier to see where to place the needle to start your figure 8. Hopefully this video will be helpful to see the difference and to spot where to place your needle!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Friday Finishing Series, Techniques

Seaming Series: Finishing Mattress Stitch

Hello!

If you recall, I did a whole series of videos on seaming a couple of years ago – and one of my videos showed how to finish off the end of mattress stitch. Well, that method is only really applicable if no further seaming will be happening on that edge. (And isn’t really an appropriate method to finish off swatches for the Master Hand Knitter program.)

Today, I’m going to show you a better method for finishing off those seams where further seaming will be happening. It’s kind of like a figure 8 for the bind off edge.

Here is a video showing you that method:

Use this method anytime you will be doing some more seaming along that edge – this lines up the BO edges nicely, but doesn’t interfere in further seaming. I hope you find this helpful!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

Friday Finishing Series, Techniques

Friday Finishing Part Five

Today’s topic for Friday Finishing is Mattress stitch seaming in Garter stitch 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 in Garter stitch fabric:

The keys to working a good mattress stitch seam in garter stitch are:

  1. Pick up smiles on one side and frowns on the other. Always pick up the same type on each side – all smiles on one side and all frowns on the other.
  2. Make sure you are picking up every single ridge. (This will work out to every other row.)
  3. Use 1/2 selvedge stitch on one side (pick up the first frown at the edge) if you want to reduce the bulk of the seam.
  4. 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.

Then you can finish off the seam at the bind off edges (view that post and video here).

Next week we’ll cover working mattress stitch seaming in Ribbing.

Until then, Happy Knitting!

(See the next post in this series here.)

Friday Finishing Series, Techniques

Friday Finishing Part Four

Today’s topic for Friday Finishing is Mattress stitch seaming in Reverse Stockinette stitch 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 in reverse stockinette stitch fabric:

The keys to working a good mattress stitch seam in reverse stockinette stitch are:

  1. Pick up smiles on one side and frowns on the other. Always pick up the same type on each side – all smiles on one side and all frowns on the other.
  2. Make sure you are picking up every single row. Do not skip rows.
  3. 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.

Then you can finish off the seam at the bind off edges (view that post and video here).

Next week we’ll cover working mattress stitch seaming in Garter stitch fabric.

Until then, Happy Knitting!

(See the next post in this series here.)

Friday Finishing Series, Techniques

Friday Finishing Part Three

Today’s topic for Friday Finishing is Mattress stitch seaming in Seed stitch 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 in seed stitch fabric:

The keys to working a good mattress stitch seam in seed stitch are:

  1. Plan ahead to line up your seed stitch pattern across the seam.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Here is the video tutorial on finishing off the bound off edge at the seam:

I’m hoping this series has been helpful so far! I have more coming, so be sure to check in each week for a new post and video!

Next week we’ll cover working mattress stitch seaming in Reverse Stockinette stitch fabric.

Until then, Happy Knitting!

(See here for the next post in this series.)