I love me a good seam.
A lot of knitters tell me that they tend to avoid projects that require seaming because they lack confidence in their finishing techniques.
Now, there is a lot of good stuff you can knit that requires only minimal finishing work – scarves, mittens, socks, lace, for example – but by mastering proper seaming you can open up a whole new world of amazing projects.
Garments, of course, but also pieced blankets like the amazing Lizard Ridge, and outfits for your dolls, and toys.
It’s not at all difficult, but the technique doesn’t seem to be well known.
Theresa has an excellent series of articles in Knitty on various finishing techniques.
Finishing is one of the most popular classes I teach. I taught a weekend’s worth recently at Shall We Knit, a lovely little shop in New Hamburg, Ontario.
I demo all the seaming techniques, and always begin with the same one: mattress stitch. Mattress stitch is used to seam together the sides of pieces – side and sleeve seams in a garment, for example.
And the response to my demo is always the same: a gasp.
Mattress stitch creates an amazing invisible seam and it never fails to impress.
How cool is that?
More amazing, even, is how easy it is to do. Try it! You’ll knock your own socks off, I promise!