Mattress Stitch – How To Seam Knitting
Mattress stitch is a great seaming technique for knitting seams. It’s best known for sewing vertical seams, such as the sides of a sweater, but you can use it anywhere you think it’ll work – and it’s very simple to learn.
Seaming Knitting Tips
How to do the mattress stitch: I’m using a contrasting yarn to make it easier to see what I’m doing; if it’s really thick, you might want to find a thinner yarn that’s close to the same color, or try embroidery thread.
Mattress Stitch Instructions
Thread your yarn needle through the very last stitch on one piece of fabric, then move over to the other side and push your needle through that one bar as well. Bring the yarn through both pieces to keep them even. When you actually work the mattress stitch on your knitting, it will look fantastic and you won’t even notice the seam.
How do you finish a knitted hat with straight needles?
- Cast on 72 stitches and knit the brim of the hat.
- Knit the main body of the hat. Row 1: (RS) u2013 K1, P2 u2013 rep to the end of the row.
- Decrease the top of the hat.
- Seam the beanie using the mattress stitch.
Should you block a knitted hat?
Some people, like socks, prefer not to block their finished knitted hats, but there are a few exceptions. Block your hat like a sweater by soaking it, rolling it in a towel to squeeze out excess water, and then pinning it flat on a towel to dry.
How many stitches do I cast on for a hat?
If you want to knit a hat with a circumference of 19 inches, cast on 5 stitches per inch multiplied by 19 inches for a total of 95 stitches.
Can you knit a hat with straight needles?
Good news: knitting a hat on straight needles is simple. A hat knit in the round is typically cast on at the brim edge, joined, and then worked in the round all the way to the top of the hat, with crown shaping.
How do you knit a bobble hat for beginners?
Basic Plain Bobble Hat for Adults
- Row 1: K2, [K2tog, K6 ] repeat to end (65 stitches) Row 2: Purl to end. Row 3: K2, [K2tog, K5] repeat to end (56 stitches) Row 4: Purl to end. Row 5: K5 [K2tog, K4] repeat to last 3 stitches, K2 tog, K1 (47 stitches) Row 6: Purl to end.
What is whip stitch in knitting?
Whip stitching is a common way to join two pieces of crochet or knitting together, and I frequently use it because it is easy to do, virtually invisible, and lays flat. I used a contrasting color to show you the stitches; normally, you would use yarn of the same color to hide the seam.
Do you need to block knitting after every wash?
Most garments only require careful attention to straightening seams and edges, gentle prods and pinches to keep cables and other details aligned while drying flat, which is also what you do after laundering, so they do need to be reblocked after laundering.
What is blocking in knitting terms?
Blocking is the process of wetting or steaming your finished pieces of knitting to set the finished size and even out the stitches. You can block your garments on any flat surface (I prefer the Knitter’s Block ), but make sure your knitted piece lies flat and dries completely so that its shape sets.