Thursday, August 28, 2008

Tips 'n' Tricks: Mattress Stitch

In the process of seaming my Ravelmpic Vest, I discovered a neat little trick I'd like to share with all of you. I have a few of these rattling around in my brain, so I'll start a series called Tips 'n' Tricks.

This trick assumes you already know how to do mattress stitch. If you don't, there's a great tutorial at Mochimochi Land. This tip will work for all three techniques that Anna describes.

First, seam up your sides until your work looks like this. Don't go too far before proceeding or you might have a tough time snugging up the stitches.

Mattress stitch trick - step 1

Grab hold of the top strand of yarn connecting the two sides and...

Mattress stitch trick - step 2

...pull! Watch as your little floats disappear and bring the two sides nicely together.

Mattress stitch trick - step 3

Now all you have to do is follow that long strand back to the seam to find where to insert your needle (pssst ... you insert it in the same place where the strand is coming out of the seam)

Mattress stitch trick - step 4

If you just pull on the very end of your seaming yarn, your top float disappears along with the others and it's really difficult to find where to re-insert your needle.

Mattress stitch trick - final step

This trick is also available in a Flickr set, click here to begin.


ChelleC said...

Fanastic tutorial and photos you've given. Wonderful tips. Thanks! (Finishing is my bugaboo) but it makes all the diff in the world.

Pren said...

that join looks great thanks for sharing. ill be trying that next time for sure :0)

Synnøve said...

Thanks for shearing your trick. I machine knit, and I miss to do this a good way. I now i fineally found it.

Synnøve said...

Thanks for shearing your trick. I machine knit, and I have missed to have a way to do this part. But now I found it, and will use it.