Emily Explains: Exposed Seams

It seems like every week I uncover a new favorite design from the Berroco archives. Right now, I’m madly in love with Wakame – a cropped, asymmetrical sweater that drapes just perfectly. Wakame was first published in booklet #262 Yin and Yang, but it was such a hit that we reintroduced it as one of our free patterns!


Looking at the odd shapes in the schematic fills me with excitement. I love when you have to really think about how something is made!


The real mystery is in the seaming. The technique used forms a welt or ridge along the front and back center. It looks complicated, but I promise it isn’t! It’s really just an exposed seam, which is created when you take two right side pieces faced together and use the mattress stitch to seam them up. Doing the mattress stitch from the back of the fabric causes the seam to form on the front. It forms a beautiful clean ridge.

Working with the wrong side facing you
Thread needle through both cast on edges
Work the connecting threads between the first and second stitch, go back and forth between each side to connect the pieces
Close up of the path of the seaming
Exposed Seam!

Maybe you can use this seaming detail in future projects, too!

Happy Knitting,



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