Fun, easy to follow how-to videos

Polish your knitting skills with a wide selection of videos for beginners, experts and everything in between.

Get your first month for just £1
Subcribe Save Image

July issue of Let's Knit
Magazine on sale now.

Click Here

Want access to over 1,000
knitting patterns?

How to: join edges with back stitch

Get access to this exclusive video and many more benefits by joining our exclusive knitting club below.

Just £1 for your first month Already a member? Login here

How to: join edges with back stitch

video by

Let's Knit Together

  • Overview
  • Practical Guides

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.

Keep an eye on both sides of your work every few stitches to maintain an even seam allowance all the way along.

It’s usual to use the same yarn in a tapestry needle for making up, unless it’s a very delicate item (in which case a strong thread may be better). This is not only for a more invisible seam, should your joining stitches show through, but also keeps the yarn the same throughout for care and washing. Bind your pieces with right sides together with a couple of oversewing (whip stitches) at the start or finish, making sure this stitch is in line with the seam you intend to sew. After a few back stitches of the same length (0.5–1cm), open out your two pieces and take a look at the seam on the right side. Make sure you’re happy that the distance between your stitches gives you a strong enough seam, that the tension of your sewing is not too tight or too loose, and also that you are working right at the edges, as these can show and spoil the seam. It’s much easier to unpick a few stitches and start again to adjust any of these issues at the beginning, than to find you’ve worked a long seam that is too gappy, puckers or meanders.


Your club members are also watching these videos

Meet our crafts family