Using the most appropriate seam to stitch up your knits will help you to get a professional finish.
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Neti Love & Julie Peasgood
Using the most appropriate seam to stitch up your knits will help you to get a professional finish.Read More Begin this course
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blocking is done to set the shape and enhance the stitch definition of knitted pieces, helping it to lie flat. It involves wetting the fabric before making up, incase there is any shrinkage, and it helps to set the shape. It also gives you the opportunity to shape or reshape your pieces, sharpen points or corners and straighten edges, so is especially satisfying for lace or textured patterns that can look somewhat misshapen after being cast off.