12 thoughts on “Horizontal Seam (Overcast Stitch)

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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,
    Margie

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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