Knitting Help – Seaming Garter Stitch

Knitting Help – Seaming Garter Stitch

I’m going to demonstrate how to seam garter
stitch. And garter stitch is this textured fabric
that you get from knitting every row. It’s the same on both sides, a textured
fabric. And we’re going to talk about seaming side-to-side
garter stitch. Because if you’re knitting – uh, cast-on
to cast-on or bind-off to bind-off, or any combination of those two, it’s really the
same as any seam, but side by side garter stitch is a little bit different. Let’s go ahead and take a look. I have two samples of garter stitch here,
and normally if I was seaming, I would just use this tail end to do it, and I’d do it
in the same color. But, of course, this is me, demonstrating
and using a contrasting color of yarn. And the first thing I’m going to do is I’m
going to attach this yarn. Which you won’t have to do if you’re seaming with the tail
end that you already have going. I’m going to attach it on both sides. And, it’s hard to tell here, but we’re
going to pretend that these are the right sides of the work facing up. Since they’re identical, it’s hard to
tell! [laughs] We’re going to pretend this is the wrong
side of the work. Because the seam is going to end up on the
back side of this. So I’m going to look at this row of smiles
right here, going all the way up. And I don’t want to stray from this row
of smiles as I go up. So, I’ve attached the yarn at the bottom. I’m going to go under the first smile, and
then just below the second smile up, there is a thread in back that I also want to grab. So the smile here in front, and this thread
in back that I also want to grab. And you can poke around and you’ll find
it. I pull that through. Jump over to this side, and on this side I
an umbrella instead of a smile. So I grab this umbrella, that’s up front,
and then there’s this thread that’s also in back, straight up from that umbrella. If you followed my How to Weave in Ends video,
you know how fond I am of umbrellas and smiles! Okay. I’m going to go in the same hole I
came out of, which is under the smile, and also grabbing the stitch in back. You know what’s catching me up? There is
a knot in my yarn, right here, it’s making it difficult to pull this through! I’ll
struggle on. Go into the same hole I came out of, grab
this umbrella and the thread behind it, pull that through. Hopefully you won’t have a knot in your
yarn! Into the same hole I came out of, grab that
smile and the yarn behind it. Okay, I’ve got a little bit going here.
And I want to have a “magic moment” before I get to that knot! So I’m going to go ahead and pull it tight
– and loosen it back up again, because that was too tight. And there we go! We end up with the working yarn, the threaded
yarn not showing, and a perfect flow to the work with garter stitch seams all lining up.
Or garter stitch ridges, all lining up. And that’s it, how to seam side-by-side
garter stitch. [music]

26 thoughts on “Knitting Help – Seaming Garter Stitch

  1. You seem to always upload helpful videos just when I need them; I'm working on a rug made of squares with garter edges that will need to be seamed together. Thanks so much!!

  2. Very good demo! It seems that this is the most "unlookedto" stage of any of my projects. I just don't do it well. Your vids are very helpful to me. Thanks!

  3. Great demo! That's a bit different from what I was taught and looks so much better. I really liked how you just got right down to business. Seems so many people's tutorials are just blab, blab, blab :)). But you're just so clear and efficient.

  4. That's a wonderfully helpful. I rarely work in garter stitch, but was always curious to know how to connect them side by side. Thank you!

  5. Mattress stitch is the method I used to seam here. When you use mattress stitch on any work (I demonstrate garter stitch here), it does leave a ridge on the back of the work. I've never had a problem with the ridge it leaves, and it's totally worth it for how nice the work looks on the front side. 🙂

  6. AWESOME! I am making a queen sized blanket for my parents and I was stressing how to seam the panels together!

  7. Greeting. Great informative video.. What type of needle are you using to attach the squares? And my second question is.. If my squares are basically the same size should I block?

  8. wow, this is just like magic , it almost looks like no seaming at all, i was seam it wrong, you are my hero.

  9. Two things: (1) the camera isn't close enough to actually see the stitches you're picking up; and (2) would the finished seam look any different if the garter stitch edges were slip-stitched?

  10. Great video! It is incredibly helpful. I wasn't able to line things up evenly before trying your technique. Thanks!

  11. Would like to know if the seam on the wrong side is as invisible too. Love your tutorials. Thank you

  12. Fab as always! Just looking for a nice seam for my Double moss stitch edge, on a cabled sweater, was just wondering. As the edge reminds me go garter stitch. Your my rock. Thank you

  13. It seems like this would work well with joining two garter stitch pieces together that are different colors. I'm knitting my daughter in law a Czech flag, and I need to join the red and the blue together. I'm going to give it a try. Thanks, Staci, as always, for being the best resource out there!

  14. I made so many blocks just like this and tried so many times to put them together. I wanted to surprise my grandson with this beautiful blanket. I was so upset when I tried to put them together and it just wouldn’t come out right. I threw all the block in my knitting bucket and thought that’s it; knitting is supposed to be relaxing and I am stressing myself out! You just inspired me to try again. Thanks for the smile. 😊🧶

  15. Staci, this video and your video on using the mattress stitch to seam stockinette pieces are immeasurably helpful.
    Would you consider doing them as Slo-Mo videos with close-ups now that you have that capability? I'm suggesting this because being able to see your reference points (smiles, umbrellas, ladders) clearly and precisely is key to seaming success.
    I think it would be worth it because your two methods are Gold Standards on seaming. Thanks!

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