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Mattress stitch

Mattress stitch is used to sew two pieces of knitting together. They can be sewn row to row or stitch to stitch.  Always have the right side facing when sewing mattress stitch. In the pictures below, the joining yarn is shown in a different color; normally you would use the same yarn as the knitted pieces.

Row to Row—used to join side seams or two selvedge edges.

1. Lay pieces side by side, with right sides facing up. Thread tapestry needle with yarn.
2. On first piece, put tapestry needle between edge stitch and stitch next to it. Pull up yarn, leaving 6-8” to run in end.
3. On second piece, put tapestry needle between edge stitch and stitch next to it.

Pull up yarn.

4. On first piece, put tapestry needle between edge stitch and stitch next to it just above previous stitch.

Pull up yarn.



5. On second piece, put tapestry needle between edge stitch and stitch next to it just above previous stitch.

Pull up yarn.

Repeat steps 4 and 5 to complete the seam. As you are sewing, pull yarn to tighten seam every few stitches but leave the last stitch loose so you can see where to make your next stitch. As you tighten the seam, the joining yarn disappears completely into the seam.

HINT—You can also stitch through the middle of the edge stitch. This makes the seam less bulky but the seam may pull and be more noticeable on the right side.

Stitch to Stitch—used to join shoulders or two bound-off edges.

1. Lay pieces end to end, with right sides facing up. Thread tapestry needle with yarn.

2. On first piece, put tapestry needle under both sides of edge stitch. Be sure that you are< going under stitch next to bound-off edge. Pull up the yarn, leaving 6-8” to run in end.
3. On second piece, put tapestry needle under both sides of opposite edge stitch. Be sure that you are going under stitch next to the bound-off edge. Pull up yarn.
4. On first piece, put tapestry needle under both sides of next stitch. Pull up yarn.
5. On second piece, put tapestry needle under both sides of next stitch. Pull up yarn.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 to complete the seam. As you are sewing, pull yarn to tighten seam every few stitches but leave the last stitch loose so you can see where to make your next stitch. As you tighten the seam, the joining yarn disappears completely into the seam.