Seams / Mattress Stitch / Horizontal?

Hi there, Most of the vidoes and explanations I'm finding about mattress stitch shows how to create a seam between two pieces of fabric where both pieces have vertical stitches or when one side has vertical stitches and the other horizontal. Maybe I'm just just not looking hard enough, but I'm looking to sew up two pieces where the stitches are horizontal on both sides. I'm trying to sew up the sides and sleeves on this project. Perhaps I should just try kitchener, which I'm really comfortable doing? The problem I guess is that I don't have live stitches to work with. Thanks guys!


KenInMaine's picture

I'm at work right now, so I can't verify this, but I'm almost sure that Hansi Singh covers this in her "Amigurumi Knits" book. That book has some of the best piecing information and photos of any other knitting book that I own. I can check for you when I get home unless someone can give you a solution in the meantime.

KenInMaine's picture

Since it can be a little hard to read another person's description of something and know for sure you understand what they mean, I can't guarantee this is the information you're looking for. But it sounds like you're looking for a technique called "fake grafting." It allows you connect cast-on and bound-off edges to one another where you have no live stitches to work with, giving you the same result as using the kitchener stitch. I'll quote Hansi's description in her book... "To Begin, place the pieces edge to edge, right side up. Hook the needle around the first column of stitches in the first piece and, subsequently, under the first column of stitches in the second piece. Continue in the manner. Note that when you hook the needle under a column of stitches, the column must "point" toward the seam itself. In other words, hook the needle around the base of a knit stitch (bottom of the V) rather than around the top of the knit stitch ( the top of the V)." If this doesn't make sense, let me know and I'd be glad to send you a pic of the image in the book which shows pretty clearly what she means (I was going to post the picture here but realized that I can't add a picture when replying to someone else's post). I hope this is of some help!

KenInMaine's picture

I have the picture figured out. I have a account, so I uploaded it there. I"ll post the link below which will prompt you to "open" the picture or "save" it, whichever you'd prefer. When looking at the grafting in the picture, just imagine it turned 90 degrees and I think that would be the scenario you're looking at seaming together? Again, I hope this helps!

LINK: Fake grafting

purlyman's picture

Very cool!! This might just be what I need. I actually just finished one side doing the three needle bind off, and it works but it leaves a very obvious seam, which I suppose one might want. And as obvious seams go, it looks very clean, but I might just take it apart tomorrow morning and try what you've suggested. The picture is really helpful! Thanks for doing that - I had no problem opening it up. Cheers!!!


steve kadel's picture

if you do 3 needle bind off from other side, it's much less visible

i'm only angry when i'm NOT knitting

we put birds on things

raydio's picture

It might be too late now for you to do this but looking at the finished garment, I think of what I would do if I was knitting it and wanted to avoid a center back seam and didn't want to Kitchener it.

I might just begin the second half where the first half ends and reverse all the shapings, doing what is called a "cuff-to-cuff" sweater. Years ago I knitted Kaffe Fassett's "Jack's Back" in just this way and the two shaping methods (decreasing on one side, increasing on the other) make no visual difference.