Where knitting meets sewing

Call me ignorant (on second thoughts, please don’t), but until recently, I’d never really considered how knitted garments are made up.

Having just about mastered a knit and a purl, it came as an unpleasant surprise to learn that I’d also have to learn garter mattress stitch, stocking mattress stitch and backstitch to bring my first few garments together.

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A child’s cardigan I’ve just completed – except for the sewing up.

I’m not finding this easy…

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You can see the untidy seam at the back of my first knitted hat in this picture.

I don’t rate the section in the book I’m using, Knitty Gritty, on sewing up. The author admits that she doesn’t enjoy it, and I think the pictures are too small to see what’s going on.

I’ve tried a selection of YouTube videos, but so far, I haven’t uncovered one that makes it simple to follow.

The best resource I’ve found so far is a Craftsy class – The Essential Guide to Finishing Handknits, taught by Anne Hanson. It’s a lot more information than I need right now, but it’s clear and relatively easy to follow.

Can you recommend a great book, tutorial or video on sewing up handknits? And what do you think is the best way to learn a skill like this?

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