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Mattress Stitch Photo & Video Knitting Tutorial

4th October 2018

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Mattress Stitch Photo & Video Knitting Tutorial

Do you want to learn how to sew invisible seams in your knitting? Read on for our complete video and photo guide to mattress stitch by the knitting experts at Knit Now magazine.

Knitting Tutorial: Photo and video guide to mattress stitch

Video Tutorial

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Photo Tutorial

Mattress Stitch knitting tutorial
Mattress Stitch knitting tutorial: Step 1

Step 1: Lay the two pieces in front of you, with RS up.

Mattress Stitch Knitting Tutorial
Mattress Stitch knitting tutorial: Step 2

Step 2: Anchor your yarn at the bottom-left, then bottom-right corners.

Mattress Stitch Knitting Tutorial
Mattress Stitch knitting tutorial: Step 3

Step 3: On the left-hand piece, find the bar which runs between the far-right and second-from-right stitch on the first row. Insert the needle so that it catches this bar.

Mattress Stitch Knitting Tutorial
Mattress Stitch knitting tutorial: Step 4

Step 4: Repeat this on the right-hand side, then the left, then the right a few more times until you have a ladder between the pieces.

Mattress Stitch Knitting Tutorial
Mattress Stitch knitting tutorial: Step 5

Step 5: Hold both ends of yarn and pull gently so that the two sides “zip” together.

Mattress Stitch Knitting Tutorial
Mattress Stitch knitting tutorial: Step 6

Step 6: Repeat steps 4-5 for the rest of the seam, pulling the yarn tight every 6-8 rows.

Mattress Stitch Knitting Tutorial

And it’s as simple as that! Once you’ve mastered this simple technique, you’ll start to love seaming your knits. Please let us know what you think of this tutorial and which techniques you would like us to cover next.

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