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Old 10-25-2011, 05:54 PM   #2
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When I start mattress st with the tail of yarn at say the side seam of a sweater or of a sleeve, I go throught the opposite side and back to the original side and then put the yarn through the loop that is formed. That does effectively make a knot which secures the beginning of the mattress st. For the end, I just weave in the yarn into the mattress seam but I suppose you could also make a single knot here too before weaving in the end.
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