Flat Vertical Seam for Reverse Stockinette Stitch

Flat Vertical Seam for Reverse Stockinette Stitch

What is the main thing to remember when seaming side edges of two pieces made in reverse stockinette stitch? We have to make sure the seam is not bulky. Why? Because a bulky seam enhances the natural tendency of reverse stockinette to curl up at the sides.

As a result, the seam looks like a valley running through the project, and this effect becomes even more visible if the project is made with chunky yarn.

Flat Vertical Seam for Reverse Stockinette Stitch

Blocking helps (especially if the yarn is not too thick) but it does not fix this issue. The only sure way to tame reverse stockinette stitch is to reduce the bulk and make the seam flatter.

The most obvious way to reduce the bulk at the seam is to make that seam as close to the edges of the knitted pieces as we can.

Let’s see how we can do it when we use good old mattress stitch.

Because I used yarn in a contrasting colour, you can easily see how the reversible version of this seam is formed. When we use the yarn in the same colour as the project, this seam is almost invisible on both sides of the work.

Here’s how it looks on the right side of the work:

Flat Vertical Seam for Reverse Stockinette Stitch

And here’s a photo of the wrong side of the work:

Flat Vertical Seam for Reverse Stockinette Stitch

Of course, if you decide to add slip stitch selvedges to the edges of your project, you can use the seam described in this tutorial regardless of the stitch pattern you use. This seam is not bulky and it will keep reverse stockinette stitch from curling up.


The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #4. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (351 pages!) with this and 47 other tutorials included in the collection.

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If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:

“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book

Discover six pairs of cast on and bind off methods that form identical edges on projects worked flat and in the round.

“Neat Side Edges” Book

Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.


Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko - www.10rowsaday.com

Flat Vertical Seam for Reverse Stockinette Stitch | 10 rows a day
Flat Vertical Seam for Reverse Stockinette Stitch | 10 rows a day
Flat Vertical Seam for Reverse Stockinette Stitch | 10 rows a day