How to Join Side Seam on Sweater

When the knitting is complete and it comes time to sew your sweater together, there are several different finishing techniques that can help give you a professional look.  For joining the side seams of a sweater, the mattress stitch is an easy way to get a strong, invisible seam.
The mattress stitch is good anytime you want to join two stockinette pieces together.  So while this stitch is one that you’ll use time and time again when knitting a sweater, you’ll also use it plenty of times with other projects.
Here’s a quick tutorial knitting video on how to do seaming with the mattress stitch.

In this knitting video from , Amy shows you how to create a beautiful invisible seam using mattress stitch. This knitting how-to video uses a contrasting color yarn so it’s easy to follow along.

Learn Knitting Finishing Techniques


Are you frustrated with your finished knitting projects and wish that they looked better?  Knowing how to block your knitting and sew your pieces together are what makes the difference and transforms your knitting into professional looking knitwear.  But how do you learn how to properly finish your knitting?

There are some really good books that can show you how to tackle sewing different types of seams.  Finishing techniques vary slightly depending upon the type of stitches that you’re sewing together.  Having a book handy is a great resource when sewing-up a sweater, or finishing a knitted project.

Here are two books to consider.  Both receiving high marks from knitters for their instructions and illustrations.  

perfect-finishThe Perfect Finish: No Nonsense Guide to Finishing Techniques is the perfect finishing book for knitters of all levels.  Beginners will find the instructions easy to follow, while more experienced knitters will also benefit from the wealth of information contained in this book.





Finishing School by Deborah Newton has a 4.7 star rating on Amazon.

One of the best parts of this book is that it discusses how to prepare your project so that finishing it goes more smoothly.  Prep work goes a long way in producing a professional looking piece.

In addition to discussing sewing knitting pieces together, doing edging, and applying buttons, this book also has patterns.

One thing to note about this book…it is not for beginners.  It is more suited for experienced knitters.

If you’re someone who likes to take classes, then an online knitting class for finishing techniques is also a great option.  An online class provides the flexibility of learning the techniques in your own time and at your own pace.  With Annie’s Online Class in Finishing Techniques, you’ll enjoy learning techniques that will help you feel more confident and comfortable when it comes to finishing your knitting.