Year Round Wreath Knit Along: Day 2

Today we're going to seam our wreath to the form. It takes a little time but if you're patient it has a good result. We will be using the mattress stitch which is the traditional way you seam knitted pieces together. If you've ever made a sweater you've most likely used this same stitch to seam the sides and the sleeves.

seaming the wreath

Weave in all your yarn ends, then for this step we will need a length of yarn, a big-eyed darning needle and, of course scissors at the end. I'm going to show you how to sew this knitted piece around the wreath form. I'll be using this teal yarn for contrast but the cool thing is is that it will never show. It's like MAGIC! Knitting magic.

wrapping the wreath

Normally if we were seaming a sweater we would block our pieces before seaming but in the case of this accessory I don't think we need to block. Wrap your knitting around the wreath form so the edges meet in the middle of the back of the form.

Gently lay the knitting around the wreath and get it roughly in place. The styrofoam acts kind of like velcro and holds the fabric for you.

Flip the form over and now we can see what we need to sew. Whew! That's a lot, but it's easy and good practice!

beginning to seam knitting

Thread your needle and find the edge of your project. We are going to be using the bars in between the first and second stitch on each edge. Pick up that little bar.

sewing knitting together

Head to the other edge and pick up the bar in the same place. 

seaming knitting

Go back to the right edge and pick up the next bar in line.

sewing knitting together

And back to the left edge. A good trick I like to remember is that the needle goes in the hole where the thread is coming out, that way you never miss a bar and your seam will be tight!

mattress stitch for knitting

Keep moving up and up, back and forth, one bar at a time. I like to leave my thread loose so I can see the stitches more clearly.

closing a knitted seam

Now this is where the magic happens... Hold on to the thread at the beginning of the project and pull the thread attached to your needle.

closing a knitted sea

WHAT! I told you, KNITTING MAGIC! Look at that, my teal thread has vanished right before your eyes! Try it. It's fun.

sewing knitting together

Ok, fun, right? Now keep at it, keep moving from bar to bar zigzagging your way around the wreath.

sewing knitting together with mattress stitch

This is a good project to practice mattress stitch because the rows are clear. Your stripes should line up as your move around the wreath and if they don't for some reason, simply undo a couple of stitches and try again!

mattress stitch seam

There we go! Easy as that. Ok, it wasn't super easy but it's not too hard. Keep in mind this also took me about 20 minutes to make it around the wreath. It looks fast in blog photos but it wasn't.

sewing end to end in knitting

Next we're going to turn and sew the cast on edge to the bind off edge. In this direction we're not going to use parts between stitches, we're going to use the actual stitches!

sewing cast on edge to bind off edge

Remember how I said in the Day 1 post that our knit side has Vs? Well, that's what we're using here. Pick up a V from the left edge and then an entire V from the right edge.

sewing knit ends together

Zigzagging back and forth from V to V inserting the needle where the thread leaves the previous stitch. 

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Keep working your way around. It gets a little awkward but only for a minute.  

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Moving around. You can really see the stitches and how they meet up.  

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And we made it! Sewn together! With teal thread! Now you can weave in those ends.  

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Take a minute and gently even out the stripes around the wreath form.  

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And there we go! Come back Thursday and we will make our flowers.  

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