I have a little crochet tutorial today, and it is ohhh so useful. Basically, once you know this, you won’t go back to the old ways. You know how when you end a round of crochet, you get that bumpy seam that looks like a bad scar? It pretty much screams “hey! This is where my round ends, look at me!” Maybe on large projects it wouldn’t be so noticeable, but if you’re working on a teeny tiny project like I am right now, it’s the difference between success and failure. What to do? Hence today’s tutorial on how to crochet invisible joins!
This is what the end of a round looks like.
If you end the round in the usual fashion, by connecting with the first SC with a slip stitch and fastening off, you get this little knot. Which might disappear in large projects, but it’s kinda noticeable here, wouldn’t you say?
So, let’s start again at the beginning. Now, instead of connecting to the first SC, cut the yarn and pull all the way through that last stitch.
You’ve got no yarn on your hook at this point. Insert your hook through both loops of the first SC, from the back of the piece. NOTE: In this example I am using the first SC because the number of stitches don’t matter for this project. If you are counting stitches, you need to insert your hook through both loops of the 2nd SC. Otherwise, you will end up with an extra stitch in your round.
Grab that cut yarn from the last stitch and pull through both loops.
This pic is showing the yarn end from the last stitch, pulled all the way through the first stitch, through both loops from the front to the back.
Can you see where we’re going with this yet? Ok, next. Now, insert your hook through the BACK loop only of the last stitch, from the back to the front. That’s the loop I’m showing in this image.
Now grab the cut yarn with your hook and pull through. That means the yarn end now goes through the back loop of the last stitch, from the front to the back. You’ve basically recreated a crochet stitch manually to finish off the round.
Adjust the stitches that you pulled loose, and you’ll end up with a clean round. Can you tell where the end is? Hopefully not! At this point, you can tie a knot with the two yarn ends in the back of the work.
If you’re stuffing the piece, you probably won’t even need to weave in the ends, but if not, then yes, definitely weave in your ends. This method can get annoying if you need to crochet multiple rounds, since you have to cut each round and begin the next round with a standing start. However, the beauty of the seamless join may just be worth it!
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