Pinner wrote: the better bind off (Elizabeth Zimmerman). Pinner wrote, "love, love, love this bind off. I use it for the bottoms of sweaters when I knit from the top down and anywhere else you need a nice stretchy edge.
Knitting Tutorial - Matress Stitch worked horizontally to join two pieces of knitting. The stitches are in contrasting color to show detail, but it might be fun to do this and add some embroidery for embellished seams on a sweater. from Knitting Daily