Sewing Knitting Together with Backstitch

Yes, I’m still knitting – even if this is about sewing knitting together with backstitch, which sounds pretty much like it’s a sewing topic. In one of my projects I’m at a stage where everything is done exept attaching the trim to the neckline. As luck would have it I used two highly different gauges for the trim and the sweater, so picking up stitches hadn’t been an option while knitting and I was left with figuring out how to sew those two together best. As the project grew into the Sailor Blouse knitting pattern, here is a tutorial of what I came up with for sewing knitting together with backstitch. So you can easily sew the trim to the neckline, too, without much trial and error.

sewing knitting together with backstitch - right side

finished seam from the right side

sewing knitting together with backstitch - wrong side

and from the wrong side

Sewing Knitting together with Backstitch

1. Pin the trim to the neckline. I marked important points like the center front and back beforehand and tried to match both pieces at those points. I found safety pins are worth a million for doing this job. The trim lies just a smidge on the edge of the sweater.

sewing knitting together with backstitch - pinning

using safety pins to pin your pieces together

2. Sew on the trim with small backstitching. I used sewing thread in dark blue as this is the main colour and I think it is less obvious in the white trim than a white thread would be in the blue sweater. I used a darning needle for sewing as catching whole strands of yarn produced a result that is more even and looks much better.

Starting on the right side of the sweater, insert the needle in the middle of a stitch one stitch away from the edge and come out in the middle of the next stitch.

sewing knitting together with backstitch - first stitch forward

insert needle into the knitting from the right side

Sew a little backstitch through the bottom of the trim (basicly through the cast on edge).

sewing knitting together with backstitch - the backstitch

and backstitch through the bottom of the trim

Insert the needle into the sweater stitch you came out last and continue in the described way until everything has been sewn together.

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