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The Mattress Stitch is a finishing technique for vertical seaming. It creates an invisible join between pieces worked in stockinette stitch or ribbing, perfect for so many things, such as sewing the front and back of a sweater together. For demonstration purposes, I have used a different yarn in a contrasting color, but typically you would use the same yarn as your knit pieces.

How To: Mattress Stitch - The Technique of Sewing Pieces Together on the Right Side for a Virtually Invisible Seam and Making Great Looking Knitted Toys