Crochet Tutorials – Joining and Finishing

There are many different ways to join crochet work, however the most popular and my favourites joining stitches are • slip stitch seam • invisible seam stitch • single crochet seam • whip stitch seam


SLIP STITCH SEAM

Slip Stitch Seam

Perfect way to edge crocheted fabric when making items like pillows, or joining edges for armigurumi.

This seam can be achieved by crocheting either;

• with the Right Sides (RS) of the two pieces of crocheted fabric facing
• with the Wrong Sides (WS) of the two pieces of crocheted fabric facing
• in both loops, of both pieces of crocheted fabric
• in one loop from each piece of crocheted fabric (i.e. front loop/back loop combo or back loop/front loop)


INVISIBLE STITCH SEAM

Also known as Mattress Stitch and Ladder Stitch. This seam is perfect if your project requires some flexibility and stretch.

1: Place 2-pieces of crocheted fabric on a flat surface with the right sides (RS) facing up and the edges you wish to seam touching.
2: Cut a length of yarn at least 3-times the length of the edge you wish to seam and thread one end through a yarn needle.
3: Beginning at the far right of work attach the yarn. Insert your needle from the RS, in between the front and back loops (in the centre of the stitch) and bring the needle out (exit) from the centre of the next stitch on the RS (right side).
4: Zigzag across to the other piece of crocheted fabric and insert the needle into the stitch directly across from the one you just worked; insert the needle into the centre of the stitch (between the front and back loops) from the RS of the first stitch and make the needle exit from the centre of the next stitch on the RS of the work.
5: Repeat Step 4 for each stitch across, pull the yarn ends as you go, to tighten the stitches to make them invisible. Finish off and weave in the loose ends.


SINGLE CROCHET SEAM

Single crochet seams are usually reserved for decorative seams, or edging with both pieces of crocheted fabric facing the wrong sides (WS). It is a bulky seam, but it works well for items like pillows or amigurumi.

Option 1: Right Sides Facing – Front Loop/Back Loop

1. Line up the stitches of the 2-pieces of crocheted fabric with the right sides of the work facing each other.
2. Insert the crochet hook into the front loop of the top piece of fabric and the back loop of the bottom piece of fabric, yarn over the hook and draw up a loop through the front and back loops, yarn over and draw the yarn through the remaining 2 loops on the hook.
3. Insert your hook into the next set of stitches (front loop of the top piece of fabric and back loop of the bottom piece of fabric), yarn over the hook and draw up a loop through the front and back loops; yarn over and draw the yarn through the remaining two loops on the hook.
4. Repeat across, finish off and weave in ends.

Option 2: Right Sides Facing – Back Loop/Front Loop
Works best if you want your work to lay flat.

Follow the steps as for Option 1, however reverse the order of hook inserts, by crocheting in the back loops from the top piece of fabric and front loops from the bottom piece of fabric.


WHIP STITCH SEAM

The whip stitch seam is very easy and completely invisible when finished.

It can be worked in • Back loops only • Front loop and back loop • Both loops • On the right side of the work • On the wrong side of the work

I prefer the front loop/back loop option, with the front/right side (RS) of the crocheted fabric facing me.

1: Thread a yarn needle with a piece of yarn approximately three times as long as the edge you wish to seam (join together).
2: Line up the edges of the crocheted fabric, with the right-sides facing up. Beginning at the far right edge of the crocheted fabric, attach the yarn. Insert the needle through the end stitches on both pieces of crocheted fabric, from bottom to top. While holding the yarn tail in hand, pull gently to tighten the stitch and repeat. Release the tail and begin Step 3.
3: Insert the needle into the innermost loops (back loop/front loop) of the next pair of stitches, from bottom to top and pull gently to tighten. Repeat across, weave in ends and finish off the yarn.