I am having fun knitting scarves right now to ease myself back into the knitting world, but I wanted to know how to join knitted seams properly for when I venture into the structure type knitting of purses, bags or pillows.
I have always been leery of knitting anything that needed to be sewn together afterwards as my seams did not look professional, which was a shame since I had spent so much time on the piece I was making. It would end up in a bag for weeks, as I simply didn't like doing that part of the project.
For anyone else out there who is not familiar with the mattress stitch, I have included this video which I found to be the best on Youtube for teaching this particular professional looking knitted seam finish stitch. Once you get the hang of it, it is actually fairly easy to do.
Of course if I had been planning properly I would have created a much longer "tail" when I started my work as she did in the video, but all is not lost, you can weave in the little tail you left to hide it and start with some fresh bits of wool.
I now know for my next project that requires the mattress stitch to leave a long tail when I cast on and start my work, as this makes for a stronger seam. But don't worry if you didn't leave a long tail of wool, just use a fresh piece and make sure it stays in place with a double stitch.
I have just ventured back into the world of knitting, so I may be going over some things you as knitters already know and understand, but it doesn't hurt to get a refresher course. I found a tapestry style needle online that will do the trick.
There are lots of different styles of needles you can use for joining knitted seams together, just don't resort to a straight up sewing needle. You need something that can thread your wool with ease.
I have a couple of great ideas for easing knitting projects that will need some putting together, so learning how to do it right will make you proud of your work.
Now that my evenings are full of knitting instead of being slumped over my computer I am finding getting sleep that much easier.
My name is Diane and I love all arts and crafts including painting, drawing and knitting (I painted the bee above!) I decided after many years to take up knitting again and needed simple patterns that I could do while watching TV or listening to music that would help dial down stress. I hope you enjoy some of my own projects as well as ones I have found.