How to Join Side Seam on Sweater

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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 www.KnittingHelp.com , 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.

An Introduction to Continental Knitting

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Demonstration of Continental Knitting

What type of knitter are you?  Are you a traditional thrower, or do you use the continental knitting method?  I’m a traditional thrower (English knitting), but have played around with the continental method now and again.  My problem is that I’m a fast knitter, so to make a change is hard.  But this year I’m determined to master continental knitting so that I can increase my speed and hopefully get as fast as I am today.  Well, it’s a goal at least.  

Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, host of the CraftSanity podcast, visits Lorilee Beltman, owner of City Knitting in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for a quick “Continental” knitting lesson. As a veteran “thrower” or English style knitter, Jennifer didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to see how the other half knit. She brought her video camera along to record the tutorial for all of you.

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