Mattress Stitch (Vertical Seam)

Join stockinette knitting with this easy to execute stitch that yields professional results.

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  1. Posted July 27, 2012 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    This is another wonderful tutorial. I cannot thank you enough. I have been doing mattress stitch for some years and more often than not the resulting seams have looked a bit wonky. Now they can look perfect. The key new info was the easing in using one bar to two bars! I always did two full stitches which was just not pretty.
    Thank you so much.

  2. Posted July 27, 2012 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    It was so nice of you to take the time to write to me. I am so grateful that my video has been helpful to you. Enjoy!

  3. Alana in Iowa
    Posted July 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    I would like to clarify, we are stitching 3 layer at one time when we get to the button edge? Or do we do one layer and then the top layer? I hope this makes sense, not sure how to explain it. Thanks!

  4. Posted July 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Yes, you will be seaming a double thickness in the button band area. Just as long as you catch some of the stitches from the underneath layer you will be fine. Let me know how you make out!

  5. Laurie in NH
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful site! I am currently doing your building blocks afghan at our local yarn store. I am between an beginner/intermediate knitter and am constantly overlooking some patterns because I don’t know the stitches. Your book gave this website so I figured I would check it out as I did not know how to make a bobble (your third square) and was delighted to see how easy it was to follow your instruction. Another pattern wanted the mattress seam and lucky me, you had that as well. I am putting this in my favorites to come back to many times I’m sure! Thank you for this site!

  6. Posted November 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    I’m so happy to be of help to you. Thanks for knitting Building Blocks with me!

  7. Cyndy Read
    Posted July 9, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    I made the Building Blocks afghan with a group at my local yarn store. Loved the book and your videos are amazing. I am joining my squares now and have a question. How do i anchor the ends of my yarn that I use to sew the blocks together? D I just bury the ends in my work the same way I wove in the ends?

  8. Posted July 10, 2013 at 5:32 am | Permalink

    Congrats on finishing your afghan! I find that the best place to bury the seaming yarn is in the seam itself. After finishing the seam, run the tail under a few inches of the seam you just created. It’s quick and fairly invisible. I’m busy working on my second book and I hope you will join me for a course on colorwork. Happy knitting!

  9. Patricia Habegger
    Posted July 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Michelle, I was lucky to take a class with you at TNNA in Columbus. I’m currently teaching your blocks class in our store, and my knitters were very excited to know I’d met you in person. I want you to know that you have also become my “go to” for other questions as I love your tutorials. I just finished a lace sweater for my daughter and seaming has always been a frustration. (I was still using the method my mom taught me many years ago.) I feel much more confident now and look forward to finishing. Thanks!

  10. Posted July 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    How nice to hear from you! I am glad that Building Blocks is doing well at your shop. I hope you have as much fun teaching it as I do. I used to dread finishing but the more I knit the more I like it – I bet the same will be true for you! Keep me updated on your class!

  11. jean m harlow
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    You give the best instructions I have ever gotten before. Thank you. You make it all seem so easy. I can’t wait to do the mattress stitch on the baby pullover that I am making. thanks again.

  12. Posted September 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    What a lucky baby!

  13. Robin David
    Posted October 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Oh my goodness. Years of looking at written and photo instructions to no avail! In just a few minutes, I now understand what I’m supposed to do here! I also have been working on the building blocks and am SO happy! I’ve been able to knit things I never thought I could before. You are amazing!

  14. Posted October 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    You are the amazing one for advancing your skills!

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