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Old 12-17-2010, 12:25 PM   #1
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Need help with seams
I am trying to seam the shoulder pieces together, and I'm having lots of trouble with it.

I've viewed the video for mattress stitch (which is what the pattern recommends using); however, the video only covers side seams; it doesn't cover using mattress stitch for bound off edges, so I have no idea really where to insert the needle.

I've tried going under the top two strands on my bound-off edge, as well as the "inside strands" using Tunisian crochet. Neither method looks good at all!

I considered using the three-needle bind-off; however, the shoulder seams are not even all the way across (as in, I bound off a few stitches one row and a few more the next).

So, now it's time to call for help: HELP! HELP!
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Old 12-17-2010, 12:36 PM   #2
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I think you can still do 3-needle bind off...
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Old 12-17-2010, 12:58 PM   #3
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Okay, so I can use the three-needle bind-off even though the shoulders are bound off on two different rows?

Here's a link to the pattern if that helps: http://www.patonsyarns.com/pattern.php?PID=4966

Instead of doing a normal bind off, would I just do the three-needle bind-off for both rows?

For example, would I do a three needle bind off for first 6 stitches, knit (or purl) the rest of the stitches. Then, turn the work, and bind off the remaining stitches using the three-needle bind-off?

Or can I just bind off the stupid thing in one row and forget about the slightly raised section on the next row?
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:43 PM   #4
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To do a 3 needle BO, you need to undo all the bound off sts. Go back to the end of the row before the first BO occurs and stop 6 sts before the end. Turn and knit the RS row, turn and knit the WS row but stop 6 sts before the place you stopped before. That would be for the fronts I think. For the back you do the same for the row before the first BO is supposed to be, stop 6 sts before the end, turn and knit to 6 sts before that end. Turn and do the WS row stopping 6 sts before you turned before then turn and do the RS row the same. That should make all the shoulder sts live so you can do the 3 NBO on the inside of the shoulder.
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Shoulder seams
Hi I'm having the same trouble with a vest i'm working on. Did you get an answer to this problem yet?
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:11 AM   #6
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OK I see it now. Thanks
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