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Finishing Techniques

45m 21s • Beginner • 8 lessons

Using the most appropriate seam to stitch up your knits will help you to get a professional finish.

Course created by

Neti Love & Julie Peasgood

Using the most appropriate seam to stitch up your knits will help you to get a professional finish.

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Finishing Techniques

Course Overview

Price

Price

Included with Let’s Knit Together membership

Instructor

Instructor

Neti Love & Julie Peasgood

Duration

Duration

45m 21s

Lessons

Lessons

8

Difficulty

Difficulty

Beginner

What you need

What you need

Your finished knitting; a tapestry needle; knitting needles - could be straight, circular or double-pointed depends on pattern; safety toy eyes

Course Lessons ( 8 )

  • 1. How to: weave in ends

    05:25

    Tidying away yarn ends not only helps to neaten up your finished project, it also helps to secure the yarn reducing the likelihood of it unravelling – it's well worth doing a good job here.

  • 2. How to: pick up stitches (shaped edge)

    04:28

    Picking up stitches along a shaped edge is a technique used to add a new unifying piece of knitting, possibly in a different pattern or yarn, and with the stitches in a different orientation to the main piece.

  • 3. How to: pick up stitches (straight edge)

    06:54

    Picking up stitches can add a longer or contrasting piece to unify a number of other pieces, such as creating a border around a patchwork blanket. Here, we are picking up stitches from a straight row edge.

  • 4. How to: join edges with mattress stitch

    04:25

    For an almost-invisible seam to join the edges of your stocking stitch pieces, mattress stitch is hard to beat. It works neatly between pairs of stitches and avoids creating a noticeable ridge on the right side.

  • 5. How to: join edges with back stitch

    04:40

    If you want a strong seam for a toy or garment, and a slightly bulkier edge is acceptable, back stitch is very useful. It's worked with the right sides facing to hide the seam.

  • 6. How to: join with Kitchener stitch

    8:43

    Kitchener Stitch is a great way to create a seamless join between two edges, for example, on the toes of socks or tips of mittens. Holding two needles parallel, you’ll graft the two sides together for a non-bulky seam using a tapestry needle.

  • 7. How to: attach safety eyes

    6:26

    When you’re making toys for small children, remember that buttons may come off, so embroidery, or safety eyes, are more appropriate. If you’ve not sure how to attach safety eyes, you’ll find this step-by-step very useful.

  • 8. How to: pick up stitches (selvedge)

    4:48

    The selvedge of the fabric is the side with all the row ends, which has a natural, finished edge. To add a button band or to work a border around the sides, you’ll be picking up loops through these edge stitches.

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