Confident Knitting: Grab Stitches and Mattress Stitch

Simple tricks make for clever results. Welcome to a Confident Knitting double header: a pair of juicy video tutorials.

Jen Arnall-Culliford demonstrates the concept of grab stitches, a simple move to add sculptural interest to plain knitting. Her second video stars our favorite seaming technique: classic mattress stitch for sewing pieces of knitting together.

Grab and Go

With one basic technique, take grab stitch know-how and go in the direction you desire to create new textures. Take a look:

Worked singly, grab stitches give subtle texture to your designs. Worked in groups, a 3D, folded effect appears.

Matchless Mattress

It’s one of our favorite seaming techniques, expertly demonstrated in Jen’s video tutorial.

The Designs? Cushions!

To practice these techniques, Confident Knitting features two phenomenal designs by Jiminez Joseph: Saturnus Cushions.

Jen likes Neighborhood Fiber Co.’s Organic Studio DK from the MDK Shop for this design—each cushion requires two skeins.

How to Get in on Confident Knitting

Jen and Jim Arnall-Culliford have assembled everything you need to join the fun right here.

Join the conversation in the Arnall-Culliford Techniques Knitalong Hub.

We have Confident Knitting in the Shop now, as well as A Year of Techniques and Boost Your Knitting in the Sundries Department.

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TUTORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY BY JESSE WILD.

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