How To Join Two Pieces of Crocheted Fabric with a Single Crochet Seam

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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.

How To Join Two Pieces of Crocheted Fabric with a Slip Stitch Seam
How To Join Crocheted Fabrics with a Whip Stitch Seam
How To Join Crocheted Fabrics with an Invisible Seam Stitch

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 1: Right Sides Facing – Front Loop/Back Loop Combo (the back of the single crochet stitch will be displayed on the front of the fabric)

1. Line up the stitches of the 2-pieces of crocheted fabric with the right sides of the work facing – you can pin these together if you wish.
2. Make a slip knot on your crochet hook (if you are joining with a new piece of yarn) and 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 the yarn 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 the yarn 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 1

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.

 
Option 2
Option 3: Wrong Sides Facing – Both Loops (the front of the single crochet stitch will be displayed on the front of the fabric)

*I find this is the best option for joining pieces of amigurumi and objects like pillows*

1. Line up the stitches of the 2-pieces of crocheted fabric with the wrong sides of the work facing – you can pin these together if you wish.
2. Make a slip knot on your crochet hook (if you are joining with a new piece of yarn) and insert the crochet hook into the both loops of the top piece of fabric and both loops of the bottom piece of fabric (5-loops on the hook), yarn over the hook and draw the yarn through the front and back loops from both pieces of fabric (draw through 4 of the loops). You now have 2 loops on your hook.  Yarn over and draw through the remaining two loops.
3. Insert your hook into the next set of stitches (both loops of the top piece of fabric and both loops of the bottom piece of fabric) – you have five loops on your hook.  Yarn over the hook and draw the yarn through the first four loops. Yarn over the hook and draw through the remaining two loops on your hook.
4. Repeat across, finish off and weave in ends.
Option 3

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.

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