A Neat Seam: The Mattress Stitch

The mattress stitch is a strong, nearly invisible method of joining two pieces of knit fabric. I use this method most often; and it is the best for seaming side and sleeve seams of garments. Seaming is made easier if you have blocked the pieces. The mattress stitch is worked from the right side and…

No Schematic: You Still Can Figure Out Pattern Measurements

Pattern writing is based on following a series of logical steps, and involves converting measurements to stitch and row numbers. Many pattern instructions do not include a schematic or drawing of the garment pieces with measurements. In the following example, we are going to use a pattern with no schematic and do the reverse: convert…

What About All Those Sleeve Styles, And How Do They Fit Into The Armhole?

Designers have a variety of sleeve styles to choose from when knitting garments. Above are illustrated the basic types. It’s important to know how these styles fit into the armhole – when it comes to shaping the knit pieces, and seaming the garment together. The top, shaped part of the sleeve is referred to as the “cap”, not…

Anatomy of a Knitting Pattern

Reading pattern instructions can seem daunting at first. Once you become familiar with knitting abbreviations, the importance of gauge, and charts, you’ll be able to follow any pattern with confidence. All pattern instructions, include similar information, only varying in the details provided. It is not uncommon to find different abbreviations, and instruction formats between all…