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Old 03-11-2009, 10:21 AM   #1
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how do I sew up a vest?
I just knitted a vest on two needles in two colors. The directions say "using a flat seam for ribbing and a fine back-stitch seam for the remainder, join side seams and armbands." What are these techniques, and how do I account for the two colors?
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:06 PM   #2
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Mattress stitch will give you a nice flat seam for attaching the ribbing armbands. You can also use it for the remaining seams, but IMHO backstitching the shoulders creates a firmer seam that won't stretch.

As for the two colors: if there are large sections of each color at the edges of each piece (wide stripes, for instance), match the sewing-up yarn to each section. For narrow stripes or a mixture of colors, use either color. If you do mattress stitch or backstitching carefully, the yarn you sew with won't show on the outside.
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:12 PM   #3
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Info on mattress stitch, backstitch, etc. are here about two-thirds of the way down the page -- I always quite enjoy making up.
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Thank you for this. Can you describe mattress stitch and IMHO backstitching or tell me where I can learn what they are?
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Hi, welcome to KH!

Amy has a video of the Mattress Stitch here under knitting tips, just scroll down to finishing
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Thank you, Zena.
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I just sewed up my vest using the mattress stitch and it worked like magic! All the stripes line up and it looks professionally done. I am very excited and can't wait to show my knitting friends.
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Yay, you! Don't you feel clever?
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