Alternative to Mattress Stitch

I like seamed designs. Seams add structure to a garment. As I knit mostly outside the home, I prefer working on a smaller pieces rather than dragging the whole garment everywhere. But I have a problem: I really dislike Mattress Stitch. I dislike its name, dislike the awkward position at which I have to work it

So my alternative to Mattress Stitch is running stitch or back stitch, worked with wrong sides of the fabric facing. Back stitch is more elastic but more bulky. If you use running stitch and are careful enough to match the edges stitch by stitch, the result is identical to Mattress Stitch. But I’m not really that picky, I don’t match every single stitch exactly. I use markers liberally at the side edges by tying a piece of waste yarn every 10cm/4″. When I am seaming, I just aim to match up the markers. These little markers make it so much easier to work a seam without tears!


Favorite on-the-go knitting patterns

I don’t knit much at home. Most of my knitting is done at my in-laws place or at the seaside, where my toddler is kept busy. So it is almost a must to have a on-the-go knitting project on my needles. A good on-the-go knitting project should be lightweight to be carried around and it should not be a too quick knit that can be finished in a couple of hours. I don’t want to run out of knitting! That’s why you constantly see this type of designs pops up in my portfolio 😉 Below are some on-the-go projects that I enjoyed. If you cannot live without knitting, you may want to add them to your library of knitting patterns!

molinara gacoco diverting

fiori di cuore kimono costanza


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