This is a very basic tutorial to explain how to use a whip stitch seam to join crocheted fabrics together.
The whip stitch seam is an extremely easy seam to create and it can be worked in various ways.
This type of seam is not completely invisible but depending on which loops of your crocheted stitches you work under, you can get an almost invisible appearance on the right side of your project.
How to make Crochet with a Whip Stitch Seam
The whipstitch is a sewing technique that can be used to join different pieces of fabric together. Whether you are joining pieces of crochet, like granny squares or crocheted motifs into a blanket, or you are using the whip stitch to join the 2 edges of a hat band together, it is one of the quickest and simplest joining methods you can use. That is also why it is my favorite crochet seam for small projects and small seams.
Different Ways to Work the Whip Stitch Crochet Seam
- back loop and back loop
- back loop and front loop (inside loops)
- both loops (this results in a thicker seam, sturdier seam)
- on the right side of the work
- on the wrong side of the work
My preference is working the whip stitch in the front loop/back loop of the stitch, with the front/right side (RS) of the crocheted fabric facing me. I find that the project rests flat and the seam is not as thick as when I work under both loops on each piece of fabric.
Quick Whip Stitch Joining Video Tutorial
How To Make a Whip Stitch Seam
- Thread a yarn needle (tapestry needle) with a tail of yarn approximately three times as long as the edge you wish to seam (join together).
- 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. One method to do this is to 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 4.
- Insert the needle into the innermost loops (back loop/front loop) of the next pair of stitches (A), from bottom to top and pull gently to tighten (B).
- Repeat Step 4, working through each next set of loops, all the way across the project.
- Weave in your yarn ends securely. Image C is the front view (RS) of the finished seam and Image D is the back view (WS).
TIP: If you are making a project, like a hat and you need to seam up the 2 side edges of a hat band, I recommend turning the project WS facing out and making the seam by working under the front loop and back loop of the 2 pieces of crocheted fabric. That way when you turn your project RS out, you will see Image D (above) on the good side of your work. Making the RS of the project have an almost invisible seam when done in the same color yarn as your final row of crochet stitches.
Note: You can go from bottom to top, or top to bottom – whichever is easier and more natural for you – just be consistent and do the stitch the same way each time. As noted above, you can work into both loops or back loops only – when you work into both loops there will be more bulk to the seam but it will also be much stronger than if you work under one loop of each edge of the fabric.
You may also find these Crochet Joining Techniques helpful:
- How to Join with an Invisible Join Seam (Mattress Stitch)
- How to Join with a Slip Stitch Seam
- How to Join with a Single Crochet Seam
- How to Join with a Whipstitch Seam
Be sure to bookmark my Crochet Stitch Dictionary too. It includes tutorials and instructions for crochet stitches and techniques.