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Old 05-21-2008, 06:57 AM   #1
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Sewing My Knitting?????
Hi everyone. So I am done with my knitting notebook and decided to knit
a simple purse. I am almost done after frogging it at least 10 times. I
just have a question for y'all. My pattern tells me {FINISHING: With
wrong sides together, fold lower 20" of bag in half up to flap
decrease, forming a 10" deep pocket; sew side seams.} So my question is
what is the best way to sew up the side seams?? {FLAP EDGING: With
right side facing pick up and k33sts evenly across side of flap from
end of border to seam. Bind off. Rep on opposite edge.} 2nd question:
What???? I thought it was a simple pattern until I sat down to ask
about the sewing part. Can someone explain how I can bind off something
then pick up 33 stitches and knit them? Sorry for the long post. Thanks
in advance for any help.
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Old 05-21-2008, 10:32 AM   #2
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Yes, finishing knitting that was done in pieces or not made in the round involves some sewing. Not my favourite part, but necessary to show off all that great knitting!
Different techniques are used for different reasons, mattress stitch might be the one you want for a vertical side seam on a purse.

There are some videos right here at knittinghelp (scroll about halfway down the page to FINISHING):

Here are some good pictures of seaming 'in progress' at

As for picking up sts after binding off, this is done for various reasons. Here is an explanation & more photos from

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Okay, you have 2 steps for finishing. Not hard at all! Take a deep breath and relax. Then fetch about a dozen bobby pins.

Do as your instructions say... fold the lower end, your cast-on edge, up to where you started the flap. Simple so far, right?

Now use your bobby pins to hold the two edges together along one side. Put them through both layers, about 1" from the edge.

Take a yarn needle. Thread about 24" of your yarn through it. At the corner where you doubled the piece back on itself, ie - the fold, pass the needle through both layers [from bottom to top]. Pull the yarn through until about 3" is left to the end of your needle yarn. Use this tip to tie a knot.

Bring the needle away from your work, down and again insert it through both layers, bottom to top, maybe 1/4" towards the open top and away from the fold. Pull the thread snug. Repeat this "whip stitch" until you reach the upper edge and run out of one of your layers - leaving the flap only.

Now take 3-4 stitches, bottom to top, in the same place. This anchors your sewing yarn and strengthens the place where the most stress will be. Then weave your yarn through the wrong-side of your work and cut it off. Oh, now you can take out those bobby pins. Ta-Daa! You just sewed one side!

Repeat for the other side.

There have been several posts on how to pick up stitches - do a search and see if those can help you in that regard.


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Thank you so much for all the help. That is why I love the knitting community. I posted this morning before I went to work and there is already 2 replies. Y'all are awesome. Now I will go take a deep breath and finish up the purse.
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Originally Posted by DorothyDot View Post

Now use your bobby pins to hold the two edges together along one side. Put them through both layers, about 1" from the edge.

bobby pins - that's ingenious!!

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