Seaming Garter Stitch

This is the way I like to seam side-by-side garter stitch, so that the garter stitch ridges line up from one piece to the next.

The scarf on the mannequin is my Spiral Scarf, free pattern and video tutorial.

The yarn I’m using in the samples is a bulky wool/alpaca blend – sorry I don’t remember the brand.

19 comments on “Seaming Garter Stitch

  1. Great video! This is exactly the kind of thing I need to ratchet up those essential finishing skills so my work goes from “homemade” to “handmade”.


  2. Hi Staci

    The video was great, I need lots of help in the finishing of my projects. One thing I would have liked to see was the back of your sample. No big deal, just a thought.

  3. Thank you so much Staci. I learn something new every day. I am wondering what the back of the sample looks like.

    Many thanks for the video.

  4. so glad I came across this. Knit some EZ garter stitch baby booties and was so unhappy with my seam. now back to undoing the ugly seam and doing it nicely again. :o)
    I also love the “smiles and umbrellas” idea of naming the stitches.

  5. Hi Staci!

    Your videos have helped my SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much!!
    I have a question. I am currently knitting a quilt made of small squares with mainly cabled motifs. They have mostly reverse st st background, and I was wondering how you would reccomend I seam them? I’m reading other stuff that’s saying just whip stitch. But I’m not sure if whipstitch would look very good. I’m wondering how you would sew them…the matress stitch looks amazing in your video, but would work differently on reverse st st?


  6. Hi Grace – yes, I would seam them with mattress stitch. It’s really the same thing from either side of the work…you’ll still skip the first column of stitches, and find the “ladders” to pick up between the first and second column. Good luck!

    S t a c i

  7. Staci, I just want to make sure I understood. It’s “side by side” garter stitch which must be treated differently or like the instructions in this video. But in the case of “bind off to bind off,” “cast on to cast on,” or any variation of this, i.e., “bind off” to “cast on” we are to treat it like seaming any “mattress stitch.” Please advise, if I got this correct?

    Thanks in advance for your help and as usual you do an OUTSTANDING job of making these many technique differences just “a piece of cake.”


  8. Peggy – I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pattern call for that. I would probably recommend binding off the live stitches and seaming bind-off to bind-off. Seaming live stitches to a BO row leaves a chance that there will be gaps in the seam between the live stitches. I suppose it depends on your yarn and the way you’re using the seam, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

    S t a c i

  9. You have certainly made seaming garter stitch a breeze. I was never happy with the other ways I have tried. You just made it so easy.

  10. Hi Staci

    First of all I would like to thank you for your great videos. These have encouraged me to start knitting again (my preferred craft for the past several years has been crochet).

    I would love if you could explain how to seam horizontal to vertical in garter stitch.

    Best wishes from Northern Ireland.

    Patti K

  11. First I want to thank you so much for all your wonderful videos, they have helped me so much as I have learned to knit over the past few years!

    I am wondering, does this leave a ridge along the back of the seam, similar to the mattress stitch?

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