Invisible Horizontal Seam

This sturdy seam creates a row of knit stitches that flow between two pieces as they are joined. It is an excellent choice for shoulder seams, pillows and more.

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  1. Pat Kelly
    Posted July 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    I just watched the Invisible Horizontal Seam and have a question. When you have more stitches in one piece of fabric than the other I understand picking up a stitch and a half (3 legs), but then on the next stitch do you do the same thing again? Do you pick up the leftover leg and the next whole stitch?

  2. Posted July 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    In the Independence pillow I worked the pattern interruptions, i.e. ” picking up the extra stitch”, on the pillow front in the areas opposite from the purl stitch found in the rib of the button/buttonhole band. Since the purl stitch looks different from the knit stitch anyway, I found it a good place to have a mismatch. (See the close up photo in the post) To answer your question about doing the “3 legs” twice, I would try it and see what it looks like in your knitting. Finishing is such a finesse skill that it works differently for each knitter. The good news is that seaming does not involve live stitches and you can try a few stitches and see how it looks. If you do not like the results then just take out the seam and try a different tactic. After all my years of knitting, I have never once just zipped up a seam. It often takes a few trial and errors to achieve the best results. Pour a cup of coffee, put on some good tunes and enjoy the process. Please let me know if you need any more help. I hope you will share your pics with us!

  3. Posted July 27, 2012 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this wonderful clear video on how to make horizontal seams! I have been at loose ends on the subject for years and now I know. A project can now be finished decently! Thanks again.

  4. Posted July 27, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Horizontal seams can be tricky and I am delighted to have made them easier for you!

  5. Lori
    Posted July 31, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much for all the learning involved in this pattern. I am really enjoying the process.

    I can see why you say this takes a few trial and error attempts. The first seam I did was pulled tight so the row of “stitching” did not show. It created a very definite seam. As I was working on the second seam, I noticed that the 5-6 loose stitches I made before pulling them tight actually formed an additional row of stitches so the pieces melted together and it looks very nice (more like the picture you posted in the directions.)

    Is there a right and wrong way to do this stitch (pulled tight or stitches left showing) or is it based on the pattern? I like the look of the stitches showing, but it seems like in this pattern it would be good to have a defined edge outlining the edge of the pillow.

    Thanks again for the fun KAL.

  6. Posted July 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    The purpose of this seam is to be as invisible as possible so the looser stitches are preferred. If you do like a defined line, it is certainly fine if you choose to pull them tighter to create a defined line. Thanks so much for knitting with me!

  7. Sylvia McCauley
    Posted July 18, 2013 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    As always, your explanations are outstanding. Thank you.

  8. Posted July 18, 2013 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    You are very welcome!

  9. Audrey
    Posted October 21, 2014 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    Can you show how to join shoulder seams where the ‘right side’ is the purl side? Thank you.

  10. Karla
    Posted February 19, 2015 at 5:57 am | Permalink

    I am trying to find out how to mattress stitch a k1p1 ribbing, but can’t find any videos that show that. Do you have a video or can you suggest one?

  11. Posted February 23, 2015 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Work the Mattress Stitch as usual, joining the knit stitch on each side of the seam. If you use the center of each knit stitch as your seaming “ditch” or line of sewing, then it will be a beautiful seam in pattern. Happy knitting!

  12. Lynn Spann Bowditch
    Posted April 25, 2015 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    BRILLIANT! Thank you SO MUCH for this lovely, clear, well-photographed video. I’m Astrea on Ravelry. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

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