Finishing a sweater

I am about to finish my sweater – I’ve found directions for Kitchener stitch - but when they show how to do it - the sides of the sweater that are being stitched together are already on needles, do I pick up the stitches before I stitch the pieces together?

:?? Not sure what you mean about it still being on the needles – when I’ve finished sweaters I can assure you they’ve been fully off the needles. :smiley: There are some fabulous photos of mattress stitch here…and a great explanation. HTH!