BICKFORD SEAMS
Marg Coe
Permission to post  6/12/06
All Pattern Rights remain with the Author

Note: Remember that you are sewing a flat seam so don’t pull the yarn too tight.

VERSION ONE – KNOT TO LOOP

This technique is great for seams on socks, mittens, hats, or anywhere you want a smooth flat seam.

1.Thread the seaming needle with yarn and keeping the right side of the knit facing up, pass the needle down through the first knot on side one

2.Pass the needle across the seam opening and pick up the first loop on the other seam edge from underneath, pulling yarn through both the knot on side one and the loop on side two.

3.Turn your needle back towards side one

4.Pick up the knot (above the loop you just came through), go a cross and pick up the loop (above the knit you first went through) and pull yarn through both the knot and loop once again.

5.Continue using steps 3 and 4 for the length of your seam.

6.Some prefer to go from Loop to Knot - the result is the same.

VERSION TWO -  LOOP TO LOOP & KNOT TO KNOT

This technique is good for joining afghan panels as it is flat and can be quite pretty.

1.Thread the seaming needle with yarn and keeping the right side of the knit facing up, pass the needle under the first loop on side one of the knit

2.Pass the needle across the seam opening and pick up the first loop on the other seam edge, pulling yarn through both loops

3.Turn your needle back towards side one

4.Pick up the knot (above the loop you just came through), go a cross and pick up the knot (above the loop you first went through) and pull yarn through both knots

5.Continue in this manner, picking up a pair of loops and a pair of knots until seam is finished.



The Bickford seams are perfect for sewing socks as they create the flattest seams.  The seam doesn’t bother the foot when wearing the sock.  Consider this seam for sewing blanket or afghan panels together as well.  There are two versions of this seam style however the finished seam is very similar.