When I read about the back stitch as a recommended seaming stitch in The Knitter’s Handbook, I kind of scoffed. I knew how poorly the running stitch had worked, and I assumed that the back stitch would be equally bad and bulkier. Oh, was I wrong about that!
This stitch is worked from the wrong side, and it’s a surprisingly good stitch. The nature of the back stitch means that the knit stitches get captured evenly so it doesn’t create the uneven look of running stitch, and it isn’t straight up and down so your knitting doesn’t wiggle around.
It’s slightly bulkier than mattress stitch, and it feels more time consuming to work to me, but other than that, it’s a great stitch to use for seaming.