Over the past few weeks I have been outlining some different methods to join crocheted fabrics together – if you have missed the previous posts, here are the links.
You might be wondering why I have been rehashing techniques you can already find online from other sources and the short answer is because I have a few patterns available for sale where you need to use one of these joining methods.
It seems wrong of me to refer you to someone else when you are purchasing a pattern from me! So my solution was to create my own photo tutorials for the techniques you will need.
You can use the single crochet stitch method in various ways – depending upon the end result you are looking for.
For example – for a decorative seam, or edging you will likely want to place both pieces of crocheted fabric with WS (wrong sides) facing together – and using the same colour or even a contrasting colour of yarn, single crochet across through the front and back loops of the stitches. This provides a bulkier seam but works well for items like pillows or amigurumi.
If you want to try to hide the seam (as much as possible) you can place the RS (right sides) of the fabric facing together and work – the front loop of the top piece of fabric and the back loop of the bottom piece of fabric. This seam is still fairly bulky – but it will sit relatively flat – a good method for joining afghan squares.
I find working the back loop/front loop combination gives you the flattest seam on both sides. It is my personal preference.
Working through both loops can give you a decorative edge and a very strong seam for items like pillows and amigurumi.
Option 2: Right Sides Facing – Back Loop/Front Loop Combo (the back of the single crochet stitch will be displayed on the front of the fabric)
*I find this is the best option for fabrics you want to have rest flat – like Afghan squares*
This is the same as Option 1, only you are using the back loops from the top piece of fabric and front loops from the bottom piece of fabric.
*I find this is the best option for joining pieces of amigurumi and objects like pillows*
I hope this makes things a bit clearer and provides you with a visual of how working the stitches in different loops will effect the end result of the seam.