Knitting Tutorial – How To Seam Ribbing Impeccably

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Knitting Tutorial – How To Seam Ribbing Impeccably

How To Seam Ribbing Knitting Tutorial

During the last months I receive quiet a lot of emails from you with different questions – helping with deciphering the pattern instructions, technical things, stitch pattern explanations, etc. I try my best to answer as detailed as possible, but after receiving several quiet similar questions, I thought that maybe I should start collecting them and later put the tutorials together, so I can refer you to them when you are missing this information.

So, if you have some knitting emergencies happening, please, feel free to contact me at – I’ll try my best to help and if it is quiet a general question, I’ll create a visual tutorial for more people to use it. I usually answer during 3-4 days.

One of the recent questions that repeated itself over several emails was “How To Seam Ribbing Impeccably”?

In some patterns you will find instruction to seam shoulders using an invisible horizontal seam. The horizontal seam works great for the stockinette stitch, for example; but if you are trying to put together the ribbing the seam isn’t invisible anymore – you will end up with this “jog”:

How To Seam Ribbing Knitting Tutorial

As you can see the stitch columns are not perfectly aligned, they are slightly unbalanced. On one hand – who will notice that at the shoulder seam?! But if you are a perfectionist and this “hiccup” is bothering you, there are some ways to fix it.

  • First, you can ignore the knitting pattern instructions to bind off the shoulders and then seam them together. But instead place the shoulder stitches on the stitch holder and then use three-needle bind off. This way the stitch columns will be perfectly aligned. There are numerous tutorials out there that walk you through three-needle bind off, so I won’t cover it here.
  • There is one more way that you can use, especially if you want to have a pretty sturdy seam. Instead of horizontal seam, you will use crochet slip chain that will align the stitches perfectly.

Let me walk you through the latter.

How to Seam Ribbing in Knitting

If you need to see a bigger image, open it in the new tab.

And here is 2×2 rib fabric – both right and wrong sides. You can see how the jog completely disappeared and your perfectionist self can be happy now 🙂

How To Seam Ribbing Knitting Tutorial

I’m always happy to see my tutorials on your Pinterest board, if you like it, of course!

How To Seam Ribbing Knitting Tutorial

Thank you for your questions that inspired this tutorial – feel free to send more 🙂

Have a wonderful day!


By | 2017-08-16T06:01:25+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Free Patterns and Tutorials, Knitting|17 Comments


  1. Zeta August 16, 2017 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Your tutorials are always such a treat!
    And always very useful. Maybe I should make a board just for you! I can’t tell you how many times I have referred to your neckline tutorial….

    • Alina August 24, 2017 at 9:53 am - Reply

      Oh, thank you so much, dear Zeta! I am happy they are useful for you!!!

  2. andi August 16, 2017 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Your are my hero. I have a ribbed project that I am going to have to seam and I have been filled with worry over the seam looking like sludge after all that knitting.
    Now I can just save this post to my pins and have it at the ready.
    Perfect tutorial!!

    • Alina August 24, 2017 at 9:40 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, dear Andi! I am so glad you’ll find this tutorial useful!

  3. Nicky August 17, 2017 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Thank you so much! I’m waiting for yarn to start a cardi that needs seaming. I want it to be just right after all the knitting and your tutorial fits the bill perfectly!

    • Alina August 24, 2017 at 9:42 am - Reply

      I am so glad you like it, dear Nicky! Good luck with your cardi!

  4. Christine August 18, 2017 at 3:11 am - Reply

    Very helpful. Thanks Alina!

    • Alina August 24, 2017 at 9:46 am - Reply

      You are very welcome, dear Christine!

  5. Julie August 18, 2017 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Such a great tutorial on seaming! I love seaming, I feel like it is magic. Well done on showing how to do it with ribbing.

    • Alina August 24, 2017 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Thank you, Julie! I made peace with seaming when I got into machine knitting. Now I love this process no less than knitting itself 🙂

  6. Lisa August 18, 2017 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    While I don’t need this now, I will remember this for the future. What a great tutorial and way to respond to people’s questions!

    • Alina August 24, 2017 at 9:49 am - Reply

      Thank you, Lisa! Yes, I do feel it’s going to be much more helpful to answer the popular questions in the visual form!

  7. kaydeerouge August 19, 2017 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Excellent tutorial, Alina – and perfect for me as I’m just about to start on a ribbed cardigan for my son, and I will most definitely need this technique!

    • Alina August 24, 2017 at 9:51 am - Reply

      Great to hear that, Katherine!!!

  8. Melissa August 31, 2017 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Excellent, excellent tutorial, as always! Thank you!

  9. Tammy October 4, 2018 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Finding a tutorial on seaming ribbed shoulders was not easy to find. I’m so glad you did this. It worked like a charm!

  10. Syd Elliott May 11, 2019 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Thank you for your great tutorials. I was wondering the best way, or how to get the perfect edge for seaming stockinnet pattern. I have read knit every row or ski first stitch of every row , etc but I’m still confused which one to usr

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