Mattress stitch where rows meet stitches!
When I picked it up to sew the saddles onto the front and back, I was temporarily mystified to realize I had live stitches on the front and back. This problem was solved by picking up stitches along the edge of the saddles, 3 stitches to every 4 rows, and doing a three needle bind-off. I was happily surprised to get good results with that technique and am pleased to have a strong seam there that won't be stretching out when I wear the sweater.
The sleeves are sewn to the front and back sides with mattress stitch, 4 front/back rows to every sleeve stitch.
The list of things needed to do to finish Autumn Song is getting shorter:
- Under side of sleeve seams - row to row mattress stitch.
- Side seams - row to row mattress stitch.
- Neck. I expect this to take two tries. I'll knit it according to the chart, frog it, and then knit it a second time so it fits and doesn't come up too high on me.
- Knit sleeve cuffs in the round.
- Weave in ends.