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pianogal
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Posted - 04/12/2006 :  9:14:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit pianogal's Homepage Send pianogal a Private Message
Hi! So I've read that you go up two bars on one side, then up two bars on the other, then go back *down* on the other side and put the needle through where you came up, so that it kind of zigzags. I've realized that I've been doing a sort of mattress/running stitch, where I bring the yarn up through the two bars but then go up another two bars on the other side instead of going back down (does this make sense)? Is there a disadvantage to this?

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stellal
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New Zealand
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Posted - 04/13/2006 :  01:11:38 AM  Show Profile  Visit stellal's Homepage Send stellal a Private Message
Dont think so, the way you have been doing it is the way i have been doing it for years and it works fine. (Although most of my recent stuff is all in the round with no seams). Wouldn't the back on itself technique be bulkier, but maybe more stable, I am wondering if the zig would pull or distort the two edges so the match was not quite square.



Stella


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pianogal
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Posted - 04/13/2006 :  06:36:32 AM  Show Profile  Visit pianogal's Homepage Send pianogal a Private Message
Hmm. I'm not sure. I'm very inexperienced with seaming but all the books seem to say that one should zigzag. However, I just seamed a top together with the non-zigzag version and it seemed to work!

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gulf knitter
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USA
737 Posts

Posted - 04/13/2006 :  11:39:48 AM  Show Profile  Visit gulf knitter's Homepage Send gulf knitter a Private Message
If it works, it works. Sarah.
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pianogal
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Posted - 04/13/2006 :  8:50:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit pianogal's Homepage Send pianogal a Private Message
I sure hope it works! :-) Like I said, I haven't done this too much so I hope nothing unravels.

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Becky in MO
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Posted - 04/14/2006 :  05:17:32 AM  Show Profile  Send Becky in MO a Yahoo! Message Send Becky in MO a Private Message
does anyone have a link that shows you how to do the mattress stich? I've been looking for one.
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RoseByAny
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USA
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Posted - 04/14/2006 :  05:20:13 AM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
http://www.yarn-store.com/technique-seaming-row-to-row.html

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/mattress.html



"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."
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Becky in MO
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Posted - 04/14/2006 :  06:24:33 AM  Show Profile  Send Becky in MO a Yahoo! Message Send Becky in MO a Private Message
Thank you, RoseByAny. Thank you soooo much!!
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pianogal
Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 04/14/2006 :  08:11:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit pianogal's Homepage Send pianogal a Private Message
Thank you RoseByAny! It seems, according to your first link, that "For a perfectly flawless seam it is an absolute must that each time you stitch you ALWAYS go into the same hole and out EXACTLY between the 1st and 2nd stitch."

So it looks like I might want to learn the mattress the right way...

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gwtreece
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USA
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Posted - 07/31/2006 :  07:57:55 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
Thanks Rose. I just finished a baby blanket and needed to sew the edges on the ruffle up. I want it to look good and wanted to review the mattress stitch. So I did a search on the KR and there was my answer, a link with great pictures.

Wanda
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Pat in east Texas
Chatty Knitter

314 Posts

Posted - 08/01/2006 :  12:36:35 PM  Show Profile Send Pat in east Texas a Private Message
Thank you, Rose! I usually knit in the round to avoid seaming, but my next-in-line project will have to be seamed. This time I'll do it right.
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Paneenjerez
Warming Up

USA
80 Posts

Posted - 08/01/2006 :  12:44:54 PM  Show Profile Send Paneenjerez a Private Message
They have video instructions on knittinghelp.com
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gwtreece
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USA
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Posted - 08/01/2006 :  1:18:34 PM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
I agree, I normally do us knittinghelp.com but I only have a computer at work for the next few weeks due to this move. Finding a link that had great pictures was very helpful to have to refer incase of any questions.

Wanda
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