Horizontal Seam (Overcast Stitch)

Create a horizontal seam using the Overcast Stitch – sometimes referred to as the Whip Stitch.
This seam lies flat and is simple to do! The Overcast Stitch is used in Building Blocks for the horizontal seams between the squares.

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  1. Eileen
    Posted December 17, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    For finishing the Building Blocks afghan, it seems to make the most sense to use the Horizontal Seam technique first to create ‘strips’ of blocks that are then sewn together using the Vertical Seam technique. Is this what you would recommend? Thanks.

  2. Posted December 17, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    That is exactly right and it is described in the Finishing section of the book. Congrats on finishing your squares – you are in the home stretch!

  3. Sue Azinger
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Is there a knot of some kind at the ends of the horizontal seam or does weaving in the ends suffice? Thanks so much . I feel I have learned so much in this building blocks project. I participated with Lisa Carnahan at Kathy’s Kreations in Ligonier.

  4. Posted January 21, 2014 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on finishing your blanket! I like to bury the end of my seaming yarn by running it through the seam I just created – very effective. Tell Kathy and Lisa “hi” from me!

  5. Sandy
    Posted July 12, 2014 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    I’ve completed the building blocks and getting ready to assemble. I used four colors.
    Question: When joining should one color be used?

    Colors used: cream, tan, brown and salmon.

    Thank you, Sandy

  6. Posted July 14, 2014 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on finishing your blocks! The seaming yarn will be visible a bit and looks almost like a sawtooth stitch. My students with multi-color blankets have found that either color of the two adjoining squares looks great and is the least obvious. Please send me a photo when you are done!

  7. Margie yavil
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    I want to do a horizontal seam to put my building blocks together. What color yarn do I use, if the blocks that I am seaming are not the same color. When I did the vertical seam stitch, I used the color yarn of the block on the right and it worked out. Please advised me as to how I should proceed with the horizontal seam.

    Thank you,

  8. Margie yavil
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Thank you!


  9. Posted November 7, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for knitting Building Blocks with me! I would use the same approach to choosing a color for the horizontal seam – pick one of the two colors. You will get a very attractive sawtooth look to the seam with the contrasting color. To see what other knitters have done, check out the project page on Ravelry where nearly 600 knitters have posted pictures of their blocks.

  10. Margie yavil
    Posted November 11, 2014 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    I did the vertical seams. Now I want to do the horizontal seam. However the blocks next to each other are all different colors. For example ,the white block is vertically seamed with the dark tiel block and the peach is vertically seamed with the purple block. The dark tie. Is vertically sealed on the other side with the peach and the purple is seamed with the light tiel. When I horizontally seam those six blocks together, should I use the same color yarn for the whole horizontal seam?

  11. Posted November 12, 2014 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    I have seen it done both ways. Some use one of the two adjoining colors – so not every seam is the same color. Some knitters use one contrasting color throughout. Experiment and see which one looks best to you.

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    […] This horizontal seam may be executed in many ways.  The simplest horizontal seam is sewn using the Overcast Stitch, often known as the whip stitch.  The Overcast Stitch makes for a flat-lying seam, but the seaming […]

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