Tuesday Tip: Mattress Stitch Selvedge Edge


  • Totally agree with you!

    October 06, 2015
  • I totally agree with you!

    October 06, 2015
  • Magali

    Thank you for this, I never knew!
    I’ve watched your Explorations in Cables class so many times – I love it, you totally transformed my knitting life!
    I also have the Advanced Knitting Fixes but my internet speed is very slow and I haven’t been able to download that one yet for some reason.
    Anyway, I was hoping you might be able to advise me….I’m knitting “Brick” by Clare Lee and somehow I forgot most (not all) of the increases at the beginning and end of the rows!
    Is there anyway to add these without frogging everything?


    October 07, 2015
    • Hi, The Interweave classes are also available on DVD if that’s better. They can exchange it. You can find the links here: https://pattylyons.com/classes/online-classes-2/. You could order the DVD and then return the digital.

      Now as far as the increases, that depends on how many rows past the missing increases you went, and the width of the piece. Remember when you knit up to the spot of a missing increase (something I teach on the Advanced Knitting Fixes DVD) and drop down to put an increase in, you will have to steal yarn from the surrounding stitches. If you have multiple rows of missing increases, those stitches will be too tight and distorted. Best to use a technique from each DVD

      1) From Knitting ER: insert a smaller circular needle a few rows above the first missing increase row and rip down to it. Say you were supposed to increase every six rows and you missed it three times and you have 24 rows worked with no increases. I would put the needle in on row 11 – 5 rows above the 1st missing increase row – and rip down to the safety line
      2) From Advanced Knitting Fixes – Knit up to the spot of the missing increase, drop down and put it in.

      October 08, 2015
  • […] seaming. We’ve looked as seaming garter stitch, shoulders, and even tackled the dreaded topic of selvedge edge and mattress stitch. No matter how wonderful your seaming, if your ends are not woven in well, your piece will look […]

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