Does anybody know a good stitch for seaming up a sweater? I know the standard is to use the “mattress stitch” or the invisible one…whatever it’s called. But this sweater is in a specific pattern and not in stockinette. But moreso a stockinette/garter rib. I’ve been using just a simple overcast stitch and I think it looks too chunky. Maybe that’s just the way it is since it is knit with a super bulky yarn. But any suggestions would certainly be nice. Here is the link to the pattern below so you can see what type of pattern the sweater is knit in.



mrhugzzz's picture

Mitch, I know it won't help now, but for your next sweater you might want to add a selvedge stitch on each side of the pattern (sleeves too) in stocking stitch so that you can use the mattress stitch to seam it up. With bulkier yarns you can do it over a half a stitch on each piece so that you don't have a thick ridge on the inside.
This pattern does have a selvedge stitch (edge stitch) but it is worked in garter stitch. Luckily, there is a method for doing a similar stitch to the mattress for garter stitch. Rather than trying to explain it though, here is a link to a site that explains it and has a diagram.
Good luck!
Hugzzz 8-)

MitchPR08's picture

Great, thank you, Im going to rip out my seams and try that method when I get home from work tonight!! :-D

TheKnittingMill's picture

I concur with Steve's advice. I will also usually seam a garment knit with bulky yarn with a lighter weight in a matching color or with separated plies of the bulky yarn; thereby, further reducing bulk.

michaelpthompson's picture

I used a backstitch on my last one. The sides weren't straight enough to do the mattress stitch. Backstitch was a little bulky, but I've had store bought sweaters with a palpable seam on them the same way. And I like the security of a good backstitch; I know it's not going to come loose.

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